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The Canadian healthcare system, unlike much of the U.S. healthcare system, has been publicly funded since 1984. Canadian citizens have access to universal coverage for necessary healthcare services, with patients paying out-of-pocket or purchasing supplemental coverage for prescription medications, vision, and dental care.
Prescription medication is also relatively inexpensive, as the Canadian government negotiates drug prices at the federal level. These and other differences make it difficult for U.S.-based companies to understand exactly how to approach the Canadian healthcare market.
To provide a more transparent view into this unique market, we will take a look at the top 25 largest Canadian hospitals, ranked by total number of available beds.
As of August 2020, there is a total of 830 active hospitals in Canada, according to Definitive Healthcare data.
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|Rank||Hospital Name||Definitive ID||Province||Number of Beds||Explore This Dataset|
|1||Hamilton General Hospital||839795||ON||1251||Explore This Profile|
|2||Foothills Medical Centre||586129||AB||1042||Explore This Profile|
|3||Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion||585714||BC||1029||Explore This Profile|
|4||The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus||840012||ON||1028||Explore This Profile|
|5||Victoria Building - Queen Elizabeth II||585853||NS||970||Explore This Profile|
|6||Hotel-Dieu de Sherbrooke||775729||QC||885||Explore This Profile|
|7||Oshawa Hospital||585965||ON||850||Explore This Profile|
|8||University of Alberta Hospital||586182||AB||832||Explore This Profile|
|9||Royal Alexandra Hospital||586180||AB||813||Explore This Profile|
|10||Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg||585797||MB||717||Explore This Profile|
|11||Surrey Memorial Hospital||585648||BC||658||Explore This Profile|
|12||Humber River Hospital||586011||ON||628||Explore This Profile|
|13||Rockyview General Hospital||586134||AB||585||Explore This Profile|
|14||Windsor Regional Hospital - Ouellette Campus||839656||ON||570||Explore This Profile|
|15||Lions Gate Hospital||585705||BC||536||Explore This Profile|
|16||Grand River Hospital - Freeport Campus||839713||ON||511||Explore This Profile|
|17||Royal Jubilee Hospital||585726||BC||497||Explore This Profile|
|18||Peter Lougheed Centre||586133||AB||495||Explore This Profile|
|19||Saint John Regional Hospital||586217||NB||486||Explore This Profile|
|20||Kingston General Hospital||585934||ON||481||Explore This Profile|
|21||Peterborough Regional Health Centre||585978||ON||480||Explore This Profile|
|22||Regina General Hospital||586080||SK||468||Explore This Profile|
|23||St. Joseph’s Hospital||585945||ON||465||Explore This Profile|
|24||Kelowna General Hospital||585660||BC||459||Explore This Profile|
|25||Cape Breton Regional Hospital||585843||NS||453||Explore This Profile|
Fig. 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s International Hospitals & IDNs database. Data sourced from the Canadian Institute for Health Information for calendar year 2019 (most recent available). Accessed August 2020.
This list includes all Canadian hospitals, regardless of facility type. Definitive Healthcare tracks 7 categories of Canadian hospitals, including cancer treatment centers, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric and psychiatric specialty hospitals, and more.
The Canadian general hospital with the greatest reported number of beds is Hamilton General Hospital — a major teaching hospital in downtown Hamilton, Ontario — with a total bed count of 1,251. Foothills Medical Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, and Ottawa Hospital are also among the top 5 largest hospitals in Canada — with 1,042, 1,029, and 1,028 total beds, respectively.
Interestingly, the top three mentioned hospitals are not only the largest Canadian hospitals in general, but are also the largest hospitals in their respective provinces. This means that they have a larger amount of available resources to best treat patients in a greater radius, when compared to those that fall further down this list.