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This section features items which have recently appeared in the Observatoire international de la santé et des services sociaux (OISSS) monitoring bulletin.

USA - The Impact of Chronic Underfunding of America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2019 

06/13/2019

This annual report examines US federal, state and local public health funding trends and recommends investments and policy actions needed to prioritize prevention, address threats, and achieve optimal population health. It focuses on how the underfunding of the public health system has presented an obstacle to achieving those goals. Last year, public health represented just 2.5% of all health spending in the US. ...
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USA - States Tackling Health Care System Transformation with Federal Support 

06/13/2019

Are state governments effective agents for transforming health care? That is the question addressed in this synthesis of three studies evaluating the State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative. Two key themes emerged across the evaluation studies: first, that states can unilaterally transform payment models, but may have more impact aligned with other payers; and second, that states should continue leveraging federal funds to invest in health information technology.  ...
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USA - Supporting Rural Health: Practical Solutions for State Policymakers 

06/13/2019

Rural health is an area of concern for policymakers, with challenges such as quality of care and workforce development. This briefing summarizes meetings in December 2018 between state health policy leaders and national experts to discuss rural health concerns and practical, actionable solutions. The briefing focuses on healthcare delivery models that promote and incentivize investment in community health and includes case studies of successful examples. ...
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UK - What can the NHS learn from learning health systems? 

06/13/2019

Drawing on evidence and experience from the UK and internationally, this briefing identifies opportunities for local organizations to make better use of health data, and recommends ways policy can promote the greater use of analytics that underpins the 'learning health system' concept. Learning health systems continuously analyze data collected as part of routine care to monitor outcomes, identify improvements, and implement changes....
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UK - Achieving a digital NHS. Lessons for national policy from the acute sector 

06/13/2019

Creating a digital National Health Service (NHS) is a priority in the UK. This study looks at how national policy for digitization is working out for local health authorities. Interviewing 72 senior digital leaders in national organizations and NHS Trusts, the study found that most informants regarded the current policy approach as more enabling than prohibitive....
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UK - Improving access out of hours: Evaluation of extended-hours primary care access hubs 

06/13/2019

In 2014, two schemes were set up in east London to improve access to primary care by providing additional capacity outside core hours and developing an integrated care hub for people with complex needs. This report examines the schemes and considers their impact on patients and caregivers, staff and the wider health system. Results show that there were fewer emergency room visits in areas with care hubs....
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The Netherlands - Statistics in Dutch policy debates on health and healthcare 

06/13/2019

The aim of this study was to explore how healthcare statistics are used in policy debates in the Dutch government and parliament. Researchers reviewed 163 documents and eight videotaped parliamentary sessions to analyze the use of statistics in discussions of morbidity, lifestyle, healthcare expenditure and healthcare outcomes. The study identified two uses of statistics: managerial and rhetorical....
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Europe - Driving forward health equity – the role of accountability, policy coherence, social participation and empowerment 

06/13/2019

This WHO synopsis report identifies socio-institutional barriers to progress on health equity and describes links between individual determinants and inequities. The report reviews work on the four key drivers of health equity (accountability, policy coherence, social participation and empowerment)....
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UK - Interim NHS People Plan 

06/13/2019

The National Health Service (NHS) has released a long-term plan detailing career and workplace supports for NHS professional staff. The plan is presented across nine reports, seven devoted to NHS professional groups — physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists, researchers and allied health workers. The NHS employs roughly 950,000 health professionals across the UK....
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UK - The government has launched proposals to make pensions more flexible for senior clinicians delivering frontline care 

06/13/2019

The UK government has announced it intends to make pensions more flexible for senior clinicians in the National Health Service (NHS) who deliver frontline care. Under the new plan, high-earning clinicians will be able to support more patients and take on additional shifts without facing significant tax charges on their pensions....
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