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Healthc Policy. 2016 May;11(4):95-110.

A Decade Lost: Primary Healthcare Performance Reporting across Canada under the Action Plan for Health System Renewal.

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Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine, C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Ottawa, ON.
Research Associate, C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Ottawa, ON.


In 2004, Canada's First Ministers committed to reforms that would shape the future of the Canadian healthcare landscape. These agreements included commitments to improved performance reporting within the primary healthcare system. The aim of this paper was to review the state of primary healthcare performance reporting after the public reporting mandate agreed to a decade ago in the Action Plan for Health System Renewal of 2003 expired. A grey literature search was performed to identify reports released by the governmental and independent reporting bodies across Canada. No province, or the federal government, met their performance reporting obligations from the 2004 accords. Although the indicators required to report on in the 2004 Accord no longer reflect the priorities of patients, policy makers and physicians, provinces are also failing to report on these priorities. Canada needs better primary healthcare performance reporting to enable accountability and improvement within and across provinces. Despite the national mandate to improve public health system reporting, an opportunity to learn from the diverse primary healthcare reforms, underway across Canada for the past decade, has already been lost.

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