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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 - The NHS saves £324 million in a year by switching to better value medicines 

08/09/2018

The British National Health Service (NHS) saved £324 million ($547 million Cdn) in 2017 by switching from expensive medicines to equally effective, better value alternatives. The NHS expects to make further savings of £100 million ($168.7 million Cdn) this year from the use of biosimilar and generic medicines for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and inflammatory bowel conditions....
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France - Agnès Buzyn presents a roadmap for changing views of mental health and people with mental health problems 

08/09/2018

The roadmap was made public at the first meeting of the Strategic Committee for Mental Health and Psychiatry, held June 28, 2018. It describes a global strategy to promote mental well being; prevent and intervene promptly to reduce suffering; guarantee coordinated care supported by access to psychiatry; and improve the living conditions of people with mental handicaps. The Minister will meet with the Committee once a year to track progress on these efforts....
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Europe - Toolkit to help European Region move towards sustainable health workforce now available online 

08/09/2018

A toolkit designed to raise awareness that the health workforce is an essential investment in universal health coverage is now available online. Produced by the WHO in collaboration with European experts, the toolkit is framed around four strategic objectives: education and performance, planning and investment, capacity building, and analysis and monitoring....
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Canada - Access to Digital Health e-Services Helps Canadians Avoid Unnecessary Trips to Doctors and Delivers Significant Value to the Health Care System 

08/09/2018

This study by Canada Health Infoway considers that both Canadians and the health system benefit when patients access online personal health records and use digital health services. The study finds that digital health technology adoption saves Canada up to $150 million annually by avoiding the costs associated with trips to doctors' offices....
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Summer season 

07/03/2018

Please note that the newsletter’s publication will be interrupted for the summer. We will resume publication on August 14, 2018....
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USA - Accounting for the Rise of Health Spending and Longevity 

06/28/2018

This study by Québec researchers investigates the rise of health spending and longevity in the US over the period 1965-2005. It estimates that technological change and more generous health insurance explain 36% of the health-spending rise. Technological change, taking the form of increased healthcare productivity, explains most of the rise in life expectancy over the study’s 40-year period....
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UK - Risk and reward sharing for NHS integrated care systems 

06/28/2018

Risk and reward sharing (RRS) allows healthcare policymakers to incentivize providers to moderate demand by sharing in savings or cost overruns. This paper traces the application of RRS, first in American accountable care organization, and then within integrated care in the UK National Health Service (NHS). It warns that the NHS must be aware of the complexities inherent in RRS as well as the benefits....
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UK - Driving improvement. Case studies from 10 GP practices 

06/28/2018

Produced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s healthcare regulator, this report examines how 10 substandard general practices made changes to improve their CQC ratings and standards of care. The authors interviewed a range of people at each practice, including general practitioners (GPs), managers, nurses, staff, patients and external stakeholders, to establish common improvement strategies and practices, most of which involved leadership, training, and communication....
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UK - Taking the value-based agenda forward: the five essential components of value-based approaches to health and care 

06/28/2018

Against a backdrop of financial pressures, growing demand for services, and the quest to transform local delivery systems, the concept of value in the UK health system has gained increasing prominence. This paper explores how to spread the adoption of value-based health care across all of the constituent parts of the National Health Service (NHS), and explores key factors in successful adaptation....
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UK - Horizontal or Vertical: Which way to integrate? Approaches to community services integration and consequences for emergency hospital activity. A case study based on the Transforming Community Services Policy 

06/28/2018

In 2010, the UK government’s Transforming Community Services Policy required a complete break between policy/funding and provider functions in emergency hospitals. Eight years later, this case study explores the impact this choice had on the use of emergency hospital by older Britons and considers the wider implications for the National Health Service (NHS) as it develops new models of care and integrated care systems....
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