Virtual Care Benefits Calculator
Calculating the financial, environmental, and time saving benefits of choosing virtual care over in-person visits.
About the Calculator
This calculator can help you better understand the cumulative impact of virtual care in terms of cost, greenhouse gas emissions and time savings. Each field contains default values obtained from the 2021 Canadian Digital Health Survey . You can also customize and input your own numbers based on your experience with accessing in-person care.
For additional information, background and detailed methodology related to the link between virtual care and health care sustainability, please refer to: The environmental benefits of virtual care utilization in Canada: An analysis of travel distance avoided and associated carbon reductions as reported in the Canada Health Infoway Canadian Digital Health Survey 2021: What Canadians Think
DISCLAIMER: this tool is for educational and awareness purposes only, no data will be collected.
This section includes the formulas and definitions for carbon emissions equivalency conversion.
The definition of a passenger vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,856 kilograms. Two elements were considered to determine the CO2 equivalent emissions per vehicle:
- The total amount of CO2 equivalent emissions attributed to passenger light duty vehicles;
- The estimated stock of the vehicles. According to the most recent statistical data available, the total amount of GHG emissions for passenger light duty vehicles was 72.1 metric tonnes and the estimated stock was 22.089 million in 2016. Reference: Natural Resources Canada
According to the most recent statistical data available, the total emissions of the residential sector attributed to electricity was 21.4 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent, and the GHG intensity is approximately 1.5 tonne/household. Reference: Natural Resources Canada