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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.

Mexico - Financing of the Mexican health system (1980-2007) and equity 

08/20/2010

At the moment, Mexico is immersed in several crises due in majority to the economic stagnation. In order to get out from the crisis, Mexico needs to diminish inequities in the access to health services. This last, could be obtained through a greater health public expenditure. Several studies have proved that an increase in the population health levels causes a greater productivity and economic growth. This work approaches this idea, and tries to give advice about the use of the public expenditure. ...
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Korea - Health-Care Reform in Korea 

08/20/2010

Korea’s health-care system has contributed to the marked improvement in health conditions, while limiting spending to one of the lowest levels in the OECD through high patient co-payments and limited coverage of public health insurance. However, spending is now increasing at the fastest rate in the OECD. With continued upward pressure, not least from rapid population ageing, it is essential to boost efficiency by reforming the payment system, reducing drug expenditures, shifting long-term care out of hospitals, promoting healthy ageing and introducing gatekeepers according to this paper by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development....
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Ireland - Report of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector 

08/20/2010

The report of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector examines how the existing system of resource allocation within the Irish public health service can be improved to better support the aims of the health reform program. The Report of the Expert Group includes 34 recommendations on a wide range of issues....
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USA - Hospital Performance, the Local Economy, and the Local Workforce: Findings from a US National Longitudinal Study 

08/20/2010

Pay-for-performance is an increasingly popular approach to improving health care quality, and the US government will soon implement pay-for-performance in hospitals nationwide. Yet hospital capacity to perform (and improve performance) likely depends on local resources. The authors of this study quantify the association between hospital performance and local economic and human resources, and describe possible implications of pay-for-performance for socioeconomic equity....
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Canada - Health Care Transformation in Canada: Change that Works. Care that Lasts 

08/20/2010

The Canadian Medical Association has recently unveiled an important new policy document aimed at driving change in Canada's health care system to better meet the needs of patients now and in the future. It also aims at framing future discussions among the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments in preparation for the renewal of the Health Accord in 2014....
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Belgium - A first step towards measuring the performance of the Belgian healthcare system 

08/20/2010

The present study aims to explore the possibilities to set up a performance measurement system for the Belgian health care system....
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Australia - Australia's Health 2010 

08/20/2010

Australia's Health 2010 is the 12th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). It constitutes the nation's premier source of statistics and informed commentary on: determinants of health and keys to prevention; diseases and injury; health’ variation across population groups; health across the life stages; health services, expenditure and workforce; the health sector's performance....
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International - Growing health spending puts pressure on government budgets, according to OECD Health Data 2010 

08/20/2010

In all OECD countries, total spending on healthcare is rising faster than economic growth, pushing the average ratio of health spending to GDP from 7.8% in 2000 to 9.0% in 2008. Factors raising health spending - technological change, population expectations and population ageing - will continue to drive cost higher in the future....
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USA - Maine launches new site to explain federal health care reform benefits 

08/20/2010

Maine residents will now be able to go online to learn about the benefits of federal health care reform. The state has recently launched a new Website which offers a full outline of the Affordable Care Act as well as Maine’s plan for implementation. The site will provide updated information about the state’s efforts with health care reform as well as meeting information from the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform and Implementation and federal resources....
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UK – Launch of the NHS White Paper for the future of the NHS 

08/20/2010

The NHS White Paper, Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS, sets out the Government's long-term vision for the future of the NHS. The vision builds on the core values and principles of the NHS - a comprehensive service, available to all, free at the point of use, based on need, not ability to pay....
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