Profile of hospitalized users
The Institute mainly serves the population of central and eastern Quebec, namely the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions. The Institute also serves certain clienteles from northern New Brunswick. The breakdown of hospitalized clients by health region reflects the establishment’s supraregional mandate. In 2016-2017, 53 % of clients came from Greater Quebec City and 47 % from outside the region.
Hospitalizations have increased by 5.5 % in relation to the previous year. The Institute had 15 396* hospitalizations for an average length of stay (ALOS) of 6.5 days, compared with 14,598* in 2015-2016 for an ALOS of 6.5 days. As in previous years, cardiology and respirology accounted for the bulk of clients (65 % and 18 %, respectively). The other specialties accounted for 17 % of hospitalized clients, including 4 % for obesity-related diseases.
The breakdown by age group shows that users in the 75 and over age group make up the majority of clients (32 %), followed closely by users in the 45-64 age group (31 % of total hospitalized clients). The ambulatory care units offer a range of services in the Institute’s three main areas of specialization— cardiology, respirology and obesity surgery—and in specialty areas such as internal medicine and curative dental services. Patient visits and care days for the ambulatory care units numbered 122,257 for 43 268 users, an increase of 3 % in relation to the 119,186 visits for 40,751 users in 2015-016.
* Financial Data as of March 31, 2017