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Unplanned Hospital Readmissions in British Columbia Shuster, Constantin; Hurlburt, Andrew; Tam, Penny; Staples, John


Unplanned hospital readmissions affect 9.1% of Canadian patients and cost more than $1.8 billion per year. Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported in Canada and often interpreted as a marker of health system performance. Regrettably, British Columbia has one of the highest 30-day readmission rates nationwide (9.7%). This should motivate clinicians, hospitals, and health authorities to institute programs that monitor and prevent unplanned hospital readmissions.

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