Percentage of population that rates their overall health as very good or excellent

What it measures

Dimension: Personal Wellbeing

Also called Perceived Health, the self-rated health indicator shows the percentage of people age 12 years and over who report their own health status as being excellent or very good. Higher levels of self-rated health are an indicator of a healthy population.

Why this matters

A person’s risk of illness or mortality is closely linked to his or her sense of wellbeing, and studies repeatedly show a close relationship between how people rate their own health—a subjective measure—and objective outcomes such as morbidity (frequency of illness or injury), mortality, and the use of health services.

Data sources 

Statistics Canada CANSIM Tables 105-4022 and 105-0502.
Further information:
Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey
Statistics Canada: Perceived health, 2013

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