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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.

UK – NHS Long Term Plan launched 

01/09/2019

The National Health Service (NHS) has released a long-term plan to improve patient care and health outcomes, including measures to prevent heart attack, stroke and dementia, and provide better mental health services. The plan also sets out how the new five-year £20.5 billion ($34.7 billion Cdn) NHS budget will be spent....
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New Zealand - Action needed to help people with mental health issues in New Zealand 

01/09/2019

This report from the OECD says New Zealand has successfully carried out major health reforms over the past decade but still needs to overhaul mental health services due to problems with access and timely treatment. Every year, one in five New Zealanders experiences a diagnosable mental health issue....
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Canada - Independent Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying Releases Three Reports 

01/09/2019

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released three reports on requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID). The CCA was asked by Parliament to examine advance requests for MAID, requests by mature minors, and requests where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition. The three reports can be downloaded online....
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Australia - First-of-its-kind data tool puts Australia’s international health performance in the spotlight 

01/09/2019

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has built a data tool comparing Australia's health performance with the other 35 member countries of the OECD. The tool shows that Australia performs relatively well across most indicators with scores higher than the OECD average....
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International - The economics of patient safety in primary and ambulatory care. Flying blind 

12/13/2018

This paper examines safety lapses in primary and ambulatory care, finding that, internationally, four out of 10 patients experience safety issues in these settings. The paper estimates the direct costs of safety lapses in primary and ambulatory care to be around 2.5% of total global health expenditure. Safety lapses resulting in hospitalizations account for 6% of total annual hospital bed days worldwide....
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International - PLOS Medicine’s Special Issue on Machine Learning in Health and Biomedicine 

12/13/2018

Modern statistical modelling, or machine learning, has been presented as a transformative force for human health. However, comparisons to classical analyses of clinical data indicate that restraint may yet be warranted. This special issue of PLOS Medicine features research that applies machine-learning methods to health and biomedicine. The 37 articles are accompanied by expert editorial commentary on the application, impact, and ethics of these approaches....
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International - Effective coverage as a new approach to health system performance assessment: a scoping review 

12/13/2018

The WHO introduced the concept of effective coverage as a health system output indicator for performance assessment. This review by Iranian researchers finds that interventions monitored by effective coverage tend to be siloed within child health and obstetrics. It calls for an increased focus on methodology and definitions of measures to better conceptualize and assess connections between coverage rates and effectiveness....
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International - Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2018. Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage 

12/13/2018

Looking at health in the world's Asia-Pacific region, this handbook presents indicators of health status, healthcare resources and quality of care across 27 countries. It provides a series of dashboards to compare performance between countries, along with a thematic analysis of health inequalities. Major findings are analyzed and an annex provides additional information on demographic contexts and limitations in data comparability....
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Italy - Using a GIS to support the spatial reorganization of outpatient care services delivery in Italy 

12/13/2018

This paper shows how a geographical information system (GIS) can support the reorganization of care service delivery by computing and analyzing spatial access to outpatient services relative to demand. The research focuses on Tuscany, an Italian region currently reorganizing its patient care systems. Results from three case studies revealed municipalities where health policymakers could use GIS data to consider new spatial locations, facility closures, or mergers of services....
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Europe - The European Semester 2018 from a health equity perspective 

12/13/2018

The European Semester cycle process is designed to help steer European Union (EU) Member State government fiscal policies. It is increasingly being used to review social protection systems funded through public budgets. This report analyzes recommendations of the 2018 edition from a health equity perspective. It explains how the process can support work on key determinants of health, health inequalities, and assuring care for vulnerable groups....
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