Health Care: Public Policy and Statistics

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






United Kingdom

United States

International Organizations (useful for comparative statistics)

  • EurLIFE interactive database presents data on living conditions and well-beings of European citizens drawn from the Foundation's own surveys.
  • Eurostat Statistics

 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.


United States

Canada -Federal:

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Department 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.

  • Canada Health Transfer (CHT)
    From 1995 to 2004/5 CHT and SHT transfer payments were combined and distributed under the new name Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST). In an attempt to restore fiscal balance, the Federal government gave cash payments to Provinces, who now became responsible for their own health spending decisions and priorities for core health services.  Statistics for these years are online at Canadian Institute for Health Information (under tab: Data and Statistics). See also Finances of the Nation.

Health Canada

Canada Health Infoway

          Established in 2001, Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

Health Council of Canada (Archived content)

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 of Canada

Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

Public Health Agency

Canada -Provincial:

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


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island





Eastern Ontario Health Unit




United Kingdom

  • Department of Health Publications for current and selected older DH publications, including statistical reports, surveys, press releases, circulars and legislation, are available including information on Health care policies (Archived content)

United States


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

European Union

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Pan-American Health Organization

United Nations

World Bank

World Health Organization


  • Health Map (brings together several 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)
  • World Bank
    • World Databank to generate a variety of health related maps, tables and charts.
  • World Health Organization 


Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021