Measuring the ratio of the lowest to highest neighbourhood income quintile is one way of describing inequalities in outcomes. If the ratio is greater than 1, then this implies that the lowest income children have a higher rate of these ambulatory care sensitive condition admissions.
For the most part, compared with children who live in the highest income neighbourhoods, those in the lowest income ones are more likely to be hospitalized for ambulatory care sensitive conditions in all provinces and territories in the majority of cases.
Across a number of provinces and the Territories, the largest difference by income quintile is for urinary tract infections (UTIs).
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1Asthma: ages 2 to 17 years; Diabetes ages 6 to 17 years; Perforated Appendix ages 1 to 17 years; Gastroenteritis and Urinary Trace Infections, ages 3 months to 17 years.
Survey data do not include First Nations children living on reserve. This may result in undercounting of children with inequities in access in some provinces/territories.