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The majority of Canada believes that good health is determined by a quality health care system, genetics, and lifestyle choices such as good nutrition and exercise1.
Despite having universal access to health care, Canadians experience different levels of health.
When you think about it, we only access health care when we are already sick. Our health is determined 25% by health care and 15% by genetics. The remaining 60% is determined by factors outside of the health care system2, such as:
These factors are called the determinants of health - they shape our ability to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
To learn more about these factors and the determinants of health check out the 5-minute video, A Conversation about Health.
Our health and well-being is shaped each day by our living and work conditions. These conditions don't work in isolation - in fact, they are all part of an interconnected web.
Fact Sheet: Determinants of Health (PDF)
1 Canadian Medical Association (2012). 12th Annual National Report Card on Health Care
2 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2011)