Country vs country: Canada and Switzerland compared: Health


  • Access to sanitation: The percentage of the total population with access to sanitation facilities
  • Contraception: % contraceptive prevalence 1995 - 2000. Data refer to married women aged 15-49, but the actual age range covered may vary across countries.
  • Daily smokers: Data on tobacco consumption - this is a percentage of the total population who smoke at least one cigarette a day.(Data for Portugal and Austria is from 2002. All other data is from 2003).
  • Dependency ratio per 100: Dependency ratio (per 100), 2003
  • Drug access: Population with access to essential drugs 2000. The data on access to essential drugs are based on statistical estimates received from World Health Organization (WHO) country and regional offices and regional advisers and through the World Drug Situation Survey carried out in 1998-99. These estimates represent the best information available to the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy to date and are currently being validated by WHO member states. The department assigns the estimates to four groupings: very low access (0-49%), low access (50-79%), medium access (80-94%) and good access (95-100%). These groupings, used here in presenting the data, are often employed by the WHO in interpreting the data, as the actual estimates may suggest a higher level of accuracy than the data afford. b.
  • Infant mortality rate > Total: This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
  • Motor vehicle deaths: Fatalities per 100000 population due to motor vehicle accidents (1999).
  • Nurses: Number of nurses per 1,000 people. Data is for 2000.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Red Cross donations: Amounts of the contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross by the Council of Europe member states and states with an observer status in the PACE in the period from 1996 to 2000 (in Swiss Francs)
  • Spending > Per person: Spending per capita (PPP) in $US 1998.
  • Teen birth rate: Average number of births for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19
  • Teenage pregnancy: Number of births to women aged below twenty. Data for 1998.
  • Tobacco > Total adult smokers: Total adults smoking
  • Transplants > Kidney: The number of kidney transplants in the nation in 2002. (If the surveyed year is different, it is given in brackets).
STAT Canada Switzerland HISTORY
Access to sanitation 100%
Ranked 21st. The same as Switzerland
Ranked 3rd.

Contraception 75%
Ranked 11th.
Ranked 3rd. 9% more than Canada

Daily smokers 17%
Ranked 30th.
Ranked 15th. 58% more than Canada

Dependency ratio per 100 45
Ranked 153th.
Ranked 139th. 7% more than Canada

Drug access 95%
Ranked 53th. The same as Switzerland
Ranked 8th.

Infant mortality rate > Total 4.92 deaths/1,000 live births
Ranked 178th. 21% more than Switzerland
4.08 deaths/1,000 live births
Ranked 195th.

Motor vehicle deaths 9.6 deaths per 100,000 peopl
Ranked 10th. 12% more than Switzerland
8.6 deaths per 100,000 peopl
Ranked 14th.

Nurses 9.9 per 1,000 people
Ranked 7th.
10.7 per 1,000 people
Ranked 5th. 8% more than Canada

Obesity 14.3%
Ranked 11th. 86% more than Switzerland
Ranked 27th.

Red Cross donations 22.42 million
Ranked 6th.
99.6 million
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than Canada

Spending > Per person 1,939
Ranked 14th.
Ranked 2nd. 99% more than Canada

Teen birth rate 27
Ranked 19th. 5 times more than Switzerland
Ranked 39th.

Teenage pregnancy 19,920 births
Ranked 4th. 18 times more than Switzerland
1,092 births
Ranked 24th.

Tobacco > Total adult smokers 25%
Ranked 71st.
Ranked 41st. 34% more than Canada

Transplants > Kidney 983 kidney transplants
Ranked 5th. 4 times more than Switzerland
242 kidney transplants
Ranked 18th.

SOURCES: CIA World Factbook, December 2003; UN (United Nations). 2002. United Nations Population Division Database on Contraceptive Use. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. January. New York; OECD Health Data 2005; World Health Organization; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; GECD Health Data 2002; OECD Health Data 2003; International Committee of the Red Cross; World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC; United Nations Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 1994 Revision, 1994; UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre; World Health Organization2005; Abstracted from center-specific counts (Worldwide Transplant Center Directory, 2002)


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