In Canada, you’re less likely to be at risk of contracting a rare and potentially deadly coronavirus if you go to a public hospital or other hospital-type facility, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, looked at the health outcomes of people who went to a variety of hospitals across Canada during an outbreak.
The study, published online Friday in the journal PLOS One, found that the likelihood of getting a CT scan, an X-ray or a bone scan at the emergency department was significantly lower if they attended a public health care facility compared to a private hospital.
“People who were attending a hospital during the outbreak tended to have higher mortality rates and higher rates of severe illness and death, even though these conditions could be managed by public hospitals,” Dr. Jennifer Kishore, lead author of the study and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto, told CBC News in an interview.
“These hospitals were seen as more dangerous than hospitals where patients were treated by private practitioners.”
People who attended a hospital in the outbreak had a significantly higher risk of developing pneumonia, a serious lung infection that can lead to pneumonia and even death, the study found.
People who went in to a hospital were also more likely to have high blood pressure and other heart and respiratory conditions, as well as have a higher risk for high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, the researchers wrote.
People with preexisting conditions were also less likely than those without to have a high rate of severe and acute illness and mortality, the findings showed.
The authors also found that people who attended hospital-style care had a lower likelihood of contracting the coronaviral virus.
They noted that the study’s findings were based on a large sample size of over 7,000 people from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a survey conducted in 2017.
The researchers found that there were several factors that can influence the likelihood that people will attend a hospital, including the presence of an infection, the level of insurance coverage, the number of patients, the availability of emergency services and the number and type of hospital facilities.
“Our study was limited in its ability to identify specific factors that were associated with hospital-related morbidity or mortality, but it is important to note that there is a relationship between health outcomes and the extent to which people attend health-care facilities,” the study authors wrote.
“Given that people with pree xisting conditions tend to be more likely than other groups to attend a health-related facility, this study provides further support for the concept of hospital-based care and highlights the importance of healthcare providers and patients to ensure that they have access to adequate, appropriate and appropriate healthcare services,” the researchers concluded.