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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.

Canada - Variances Across Canada In The Final Retail Price Paid For Prescription Drugs 

10/19/2018

The Conference Board of Canada has released a report on the varying cost of prescription drugs across Canada, which it says are mainly attributable to fees and pharmacy mark-ups, the dollar amount added to the ingredient cost of a prescription medication. Variations in mark-ups are attributed to such factors as location, drug coverage, and demand....
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Canada - One in four Canadian physicians report burnout 

10/19/2018

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Australia - Growth in health spending at 5 year high, driven by government spending 

10/19/2018

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that Australia’s health spending was at a five-year high in 2017, when it grew by 4.7% compared to an average 3.1% for each previous year since 2012. Australia’s federal and state governments were the main driver of growth, increasing health spending by 6.8%....
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International - Cyclical vs structural effects on health care expenditure trends in OECD countries 

10/05/2018

Authors of this paper explore common trends in health care expenditure since 1996 in a set of 22 OECD countries. They assess the extent to which the trends observed are the results of cyclical economic influences, and the respective contributions of changes in relative prices, health care volumes and coverage to the slowdown in health care expenditure growth. The analysis suggests that cyclical factors may account for a little less than one half of the estimated slowdown in health care spending since the crisis, suggesting that structural changes have contributed to the trends....
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Europe - How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread? 

10/05/2018

This WHO policy note reviews frameworks and factors supporting the successful introduction of innovation in health service organization and delivery. It illustrates these factors using examples of service innovations in European countries and describes the successful implementation, sustainability and spread of innovation in terms of health outcomes, administrative efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and user experience....
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Europe - Making the economic case for investing in health systems. What is the evidence that health systems advance economic and fiscal objectives? 

10/05/2018

Intended to counter the idea that the expense of public health systems hinders the achievement of other governmental fiscal objectives, this WHO briefing argues instead that health systems play an increasingly important role in national economies. The authors marshal evidence from a wide variety of sources, including the financial sector, to support health system policy-makers engaged in governmental debates about public spending....
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Europe - 20 Years of Health System Reforms in Europe: What’s New? 

10/05/2018

Appearing in the periodical Eurohealth, this article looks at the changing agenda of heath reform in Europe over the last two decades. While reforms implemented 20 years ago focused on improving efficiency, more recent reforms have concentrated on improving quality, strengthening primary care services, and promoting integrated care. Examples are given of this shift with regard to payment mechanisms, primary care, and hospitals....
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Europe - European health report 2018 

10/05/2018

Published by the WHO, the 2018 edition of the European Health Report gives a snapshot of health across Europe as the continent progresses towards the goals of the WHO-mandated Health 2020 Program to ensure health and wellbeing for all. The report shows progress towards the goals of Health 2020, covers current European health policy, and examines health inequalities and areas of concern....
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UK - The spread challenge. How to support the successful uptake of innovations and improvements in health care 

10/05/2018

This report looks at the uptake of innovation in the healthcare sector and what it calls the ‘replicability problem,’ the challenge of replicating in one place the impact of a new intervention achieved in another. The report’s central argument is that successfully spreading complex healthcare interventions requires working with adopters as much as innovators, as the former make crucial contributions to the successful spread of new ideas....
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UK - A year of integrated care systems. Reviewing the journey so far 

10/05/2018

In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) in England created 10 pilot integrated care systems (ICSs) in partnership with local governments. This study examines the development of the different ICSs to identify lessons for local systems and national policymakers. It finds that much of the work of ICSs to date has involved establishing governance, leadership and staffing, as well as engaging with stakeholders in local communities....
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