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New Brunswick Health System Report Card 2016

The New Brunswick Health System Report Card measures the quality of health services delivered in the province. The 2016 report card is the sixth report card produced by the NBHC.

Highlights

Data

Download our Excel for more Health System Report Card detail, including:

  • Methodology
  • Grades for sectors and dimensions
  • Indicator data for N.B., Canada and the seven health zones
  • Trends pivot charts
  • Sources

How grades are calculated

New Brunswick’s grades are based on the province’s performance relative to other provinces on over 100 indicators. The zone grades are calculated based on their relative performance to each other. Grades go from A+ to F.



Highlights

New Brunwick
Health System Report Card 2016
Overall performance
C
By health sector
D
B
D
By quality dimension
C
C
C
D
C
C
C

An overall grade of C

New Brunswick’s overall grade of C identifies our health system’s performance as similar in quality to the other provinces of Canada.

The higher performance of our acute care (hospital) services pulls up our lower grades in the primary health (first points of contact) and supportive/specialty (long term care and other service) sectors, which both require additional focus to improve. In many situations, citizens are served using acute care resources to obtain primary health or supportive/specialty care. As a result, some hospital beds are occupied by individuals with health complications from chronic conditions that may not have received care with the optimal level of coordination and support. Others are staying in hospital to receive alternate level of care services, such as rehabilitation or long term care. This has implications for the efficiency and accessibility dimensions.

D

D for efficiency

Using acute care resources for services which would be better provided by primary or long term care plays a major role in the D New Brunswick has received. The use of more expensive acute care resources increases the cost of delivering services and results in fewer hospital beds being available for those who actually require hospitalization. Some of the key indicators related to this reduced efficiency include average length of stay in hospital, avoidable hospitalization, and bed use for alternate level of care.

C

Need for increased timeliness when accessing services (accessibility)

While New Brunswick has primary care providers at rates similar to or higher than most Canadian provinces, accessing these services in a timely manner is a challenge. More timely access to primary care providers, mental health services and drug coverage would improve self-management and coordinated care for patients, improving quality of life and reducing hospitalization. Timely access to nursing home spaces and longer term care options would also improve our grades.

New: overall grades by health zone

For the first time this year, the NBHC is reporting overall zone performance grades. The Excel also contains zone-level data for most indicators.

Understanding variability of health services across the province can help the system set priorities for decisionmaking, performance targets, and support the delivery of accessible, efficient, and equitable health services.

Performance from 2010 to 2016

Overall, the New Brunswick health system performance has consistently received a C grade since 2010, but some health sectors and quality dimensions within the system have seen fluctuations over the years.

New Brunswick
Health System Report Card
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016
Overall performance
C
C
C
C
C
C
By health sector
D
C
D
D
D
D
C
C
B
C
C
B
B
B
B
C
D
D
By quality dimension
C
B
C
C
C
C
C
B
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
D
D
C
C
C
C
D
D
D
A
B
A
A
C
C
-
D
C
C
C
C