Welcome

This guide provides links to official sources of government information on public policy and statistics relating to health care.

For other sources of government statistics use the Government Statistics guide.

Databases

Data & Statistics

Data: 
Statistics: 

Canada

Ottawa

United States

International Organizations (useful for comparative statistics)

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • Pan-American Health Organization

  • World Bank

    • HNPStats – the World Bank’s comprehensive database of Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) statistics
  • World Health Organization

  • Kaiser Family Foundation (non-governmental)

  • GlobalHealthFacts a non-governmental project provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses.
  • State health facts provides data on more than 700 health topics at the U.S. state level.

Government Information

Canada - Federal: 

Auditor General of Canada

Dept. of Finance

The CHT and CST are federal transfers which support specific policy areas such as health care, post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, early childhood development and childcare which impact issues of health and well-being.

Health Canada

Health Council of Canada

Funded by Health Canada, the Health Council operates as an independent nonprofit agency, with members of the corporation being the ministers of health of the participating jurisdictions.

  • Publications focus on six priority areas – the health of Canadians, primary health care, pharmaceuticals management, home care, health human resources and wait times

Parliament

Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health

Public Health Agency

Canada - Provincial: 

Quick links to health ministries for provinces and territories  (via Health Canada)

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

  • Health and Social Services Reports

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

 

Local: 

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Ottawa

Foreign: 

Australia

United Kingdom

  • Department of Health Publications and statistics Current and selected older DH publications, including statistical reports, surveys, press releases, circulars and legislation, are available including information on Health care policies

United States

International: 

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Pan-American Health Organization

United Nations

World Bank

World Health Organization

Laws & Legislation

Canada - Federal: 
Canada - Provincial: 

Provincial health legislation can usually be found on the websites of departments of health for each province and territory. Click on the map to go directly to a provincial health agency.

Ontario

Maps & GIS

Maps: 
  • Health Map (brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health)
     
  • Public Health Agency of Canada

  • World Health Organization

GIS: 

United States

Media

Images: 

Canadian Museum of Civilization