According to a recent study, Ontario was the fourth best province when it came to public health metrics.
The lighthousedentalcentre.com study also found Yukon to be the healthiest province or territory.
Final scores range from 40 to 85 and provide an assessment of the performance of each province and territory.
Yukon scored an impressive 85. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were considered the least healthy, with scores of 40 and 44.7, respectively.
The study assessed provinces and territories using a multifaceted approach that included obesity rates, stress levels and rates of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, COPD and hypertension. The study also examined lifestyle choices such as smoking and heavy drinking, as well as the availability of health care.
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About the findings:
— Ontario had the highest proportion of people with a regular healthcare provider at 90.6%, indicating greater accessibility to healthcare;
— Nunavut had only 23.6%, indicating a health care gap;
— Alberta and Saskatchewan recorded particularly high total emissions of particulate matter (pollution) per square kilometer, causing environmental stress in some areas.
– Quebec had the highest percentage of stress, while Nova Scotia reported the highest percentage of mood disorders, possibly an indication of mental health services;
– Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest obesity rate at 40.9%, which could pose a public health concern;
— British Columbia had the lowest obesity rate at 22.9%;
— Nunavut had a high daily smoking rate of 46.8%, far higher than any other region;
– Nova Scotia had the highest cancer rate at 676.7 per 100,000 people.
Province by province, the results also included:
— In Yukon, people are moderately stressed, with 16.5% reporting stress. The obesity rate was high at 31.9%. The number of new cancer cases was also significant at 391.3 per 100,000 people. Yukon had the lowest daily smoking rate at 10.5%, but 20.7% were heavy drinkers. About 83% of people had a regular healthcare provider. The overall health index for the area was 85.
— Nunavut has a slightly lower stress rate at 15.4%. The obesity rate was high at 33.1%. At 178.8 per 100,000 people, new cancer cases were much lower than in other areas. The final health score was 84.8.
— In British Columbia, about 20.6% of people report being stressed. In addition, the cancer rate was high at 513 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The final score was 75.5.
— In Alberta, about 20.1% of the population reported being stressed and 29.5% were obese. The cancer rate was 425.4 per 100,000 people. His final health is 71.5.
— Ontario had high levels of stress at 20.9% and an obesity rate of 28.1%. There was also a high rate of new cancer cases at 496.3 per 100,000. The final health score was 67.4.
— In Manitoba, about 20% of the population was stressed and the obesity rate was 32.6%. The rate of new cancer cases was relatively high at 497.9 per 100,000. The final health score was 66.
– Quebec had the highest stress level at 22.7% and the second highest rate of new cancer cases at 667.4 per 100,000 residents. The obesity rate was moderate at 25.9%. The final health score was 65.4.
– Saskatchewan’s obesity rate was also high at 35.3% and there were 464.6 new cancer cases per 100,000 people. The final health score was 64.8.
— In the Northwest Territories, the obesity rate was 37.1%. Smoking and heavy drinking were also a problem. The final health score was 63.5.
— Prince Edward Island had an obesity rate of 36.2% and a high cancer rate of 610.6 per 100,000 residents. The final health score was 52.4.
– The cancer rate in Newfoundland and Labrador was also high at 639.7 per 100,000 people. The final health score was 51.3.
— New Brunswick had an obesity rate of 37.4%. The province had a high cancer rate of 633.5 per 100,000 people. The final health score was 44.7.
– Nova Scotia had an obesity rate of 34.7% and the highest cancer rate at 676.7 per 100,000 people. It also has the highest percentage of diabetes. His final health score was 40.