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The Hospital Report Card: Alberta 2009 is part of a growing Fraser Institute initiative. The goal of the Hospital Report Card is to contribute to the improvement of hospital care by providing quality of care information directly to patients and the general public. This will help people make more informed choices about their health care and improve hospital performance through enhanced transparency and accountability. A news release summarizing the report card and the current results was issued on June 18, 2009.

The Hospital Report Card: Alberta 2009 assesses 39 indicators of inpatient quality and patient safety for Alberta's acute care hospitals. These measures include death rates, adverse events, volumes of procedures and utilization rates. The measures fall into three categories: hospital procedures, medical conditions and those related to child birth.

Users should note that these measures are provided only for informational purposes – those in need of health care should seek the advice of their physician before making any decisions on medical treatment.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Canada and the United States and active research ties with similar independent organizations in more than 70 countries around the world.

*An indicator is a measure of a hospital or municipality's performance for a given procedure or medical condition, and is applicable only to acute-care conditions and procedures for inpatient care.

Dentist Calgary SE

Why is it important to visit a dentist Calgary SE? The truth is, there are a lot of reasons that you should not put off going to the dentist. Obviously, you want to keep up with your health and one of the most effective ways to do that is to refrain from ignoring any part of your physical health, such as your oral health. It might surprise you to learn that there are actually a lot of other conditions that you might be trying to avoid which could first be discovered by your dentist. For example, did you know that your dentist is often the first one to point out that you might be in the initial stages of heart disease or diabetes? The truth is, there are times when your physician might miss those things but your dentist can help you take action before the problem gets any worse by alerting you to the fact that it exists in the first place.

As if that isn't enough incentive to go for regular checkups, it is the dream of almost every individual to have a bright, beautiful smile. That is relatively hard to do when you never visit the dentist, get your teeth cleaned or go in for a checkup. Some people have the misconception that they only need to visit the dentist whenever they have tooth pain that is all but unbearable or they know they have a problem like a cavity or a broken tooth. The reality of the situation is that most of these problems can actually be avoided with regular checkups because any problems that might be in the process of occurring can be corrected before they become a bigger issue.

The next time you find yourself thinking about visiting the dentist and you decide you would rather put it off, think about the things mentioned herein. It just might be enough for you to make the decision to go ahead and make an appointment. Who knows, that appointment might help you live a healthier, longer life.

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