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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.

Belgium - Organization of mental health care for persons with severe and persistent mental illness. What is the evidence? 

12/13/2010

The main focus of this study is on how mental health care should be organised for the group of “chronic and complex” mental disorders, and more specifically what the role can be for “continuity of care”, “programmes of care” or an integrated health care approach....
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Europe - European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. New template for writing HiTs 

12/13/2010

The Observatory announces the launch of a new and improved template for the Health system profile (HiT) series. HiT profiles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of policy initiatives in progress or under development. They are produced by country experts in collaboration with the Observatory staff. The HiT template is designed to guide the writing of HiTs by setting out key questions, definitions and examples needed to compile a country profile of the health system....
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USA – Healthy people 2020 - The nation’s new health promotion and disease prevention agenda 

12/13/2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of the Nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions....
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UK – A new strategy for public health in England 

12/13/2010

‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England’ sets out the Government's long-term vision for the future of public health in England. The plans outlined will transform public health and for the first time create a ‘wellness’ service: 'Public Health England', to meet today’s health challenges....
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UK – Future funding of care and support - Call for evidence 

12/13/2010

The Commission on Funding of Care and Support is seeking views on the future funding of care and support. The ‘Call for Evidence’ document shares the work done to date on the shortcomings of the current system and the priorities for reform....
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Canada - More physicians than ever; greatest percentage increase in physicians in 20 years 

12/13/2010

Canada experienced the biggest annual percentage gain in the national supply of physicians since the late 1980s, according to a new report released recently by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In 2009, there were approximately 68,100 active physicians working in Canada, an increase of nearly 2,700 physicians over the previous year. This represents an increase of 4.1%—more than triple the rate of growth of the Canadian population as a whole (1.2%) and the largest annual increase of the past two decades....
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Canada – Alberta: 5-year Health Action Plan sets clear course for health system 

12/13/2010

Reduced wait times for surgeries, quicker access to cancer treatment and more continuing care options are some of the improvements Albertans can expect as part of a new health action plan released by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services (AHS)....
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Australia - Widespread Support for Health Reform 

12/13/2010

Over three-quarters of all Australians support the Australian Government’s historic health reform agenda according to new statistics released on November 24. The Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey reports that Australians have a very positive view of their own health and are confident they will receive the best quality care....
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International - The world health report - Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage 

11/29/2010

In this report, the World Health Organization maps out what countries can do to modify their financing systems so they can move more quickly towards this goal - universal coverage - and sustain the gains that have been achieved. The report builds on new research and lessons learnt from country experience. It provides an action agenda for countries at all stages of development and proposes ways that the international community can better support efforts in low income countries to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes....
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International - Analysing Health Systems to Make Them Stronger 

11/29/2010

The framework presented here is developed for the analysis of any Health System at national, intermediate or local level. Ten elements or functions are identified as essential and constitutive of any HS: 1) goals & outcomes; 2) values & principles; 3) service delivery; 4) the population; 5) the context 6) leadership & governance; and 7-10) the organisation of resources (finances, human resources, infrastructure & supplies, knowledge & information)....
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