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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 — Province Launches eChart Manitoba 

03/14/2011

Manitoba’s electronic health-record system, known as eChart Manitoba, was launched recently by Health Minister Theresa Oswald at Kildonan Medical Centre, the first site to implement the new system. EChart Manitoba is a tool for authorized health-care providers to view key information about a patient such as dispensed medications, immunization and laboratory test results....
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Australia - Spending on public health up 5.5% 

03/14/2011

Expenditure on public health in Australia grew by 5.5% in 2008-09 to $2.3 billion, an increase of $120 million on what was spent the previous year, according to a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)....
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UK - Do quality improvements in primary care reduce secondary care costs? Primary 

02/28/2011

The introduction in 2004 of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in UK general practice represents one of the most ambitious efforts to measure and incentivise quality improvements in primary care. This report takes advantage of a large database of over 50 million English citizens to determine whether the levels of QOF attainment in general practices have led to improvements in two major outcomes: mortality and the costs of hospital inpatient and outpatient use. The findings are that primary care performance improvements are associated with some modest but measurable improvements in subsequent outcomes and costs....
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UK - Reshaping the System: Implications for Northern Ireland's Health and Social Care Services of the 2010 Spending Review 

02/28/2011

This document provides the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety with possible plans that would deliver high quality, cost effective health and social care services for Northern Ireland in the coming years taking account of the likely reduced funding levels anticipated in the Current Spending Review....
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Finland - Statistical Yearbook on Social Welfare and Health Care 2010 

02/28/2011

The new data contained in this report enable readers to make comparisons of data on the health behaviour and health among different age groups in the adult population and their use of the social welfare and health care services, and also on public opinion on the available services....
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Europe - Putting our own house in order: examples of health-system action on socially determined health inequalities 

02/28/2011

This publication will give policy advisers, policy entrepreneurs and those who work in health systems a better understanding of the keys to taking action on socially determined health inequalities. It shows how to systematically generate and use evidence-informed options for action from a selection of case studies. It also contains a checklist of generic principles that can be put into practice or used to review existing examples of health-system actions and that can assist in designing and developing a tailored policy response. The publication illustrates the wide range of actual and potential actions that the health system can take to “put its own house in order”: ensuring equity of access to health services and improving the investment in and approach to working with other sectors so that the health system is instrumental in creating the conditions for health for all groups in the population....
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Canada - Accepting new patients: What does the public think about Ontario’s policy? 

02/28/2011

The aim of this study is to gauge the public’s opinion of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO’s) policy on how primary care physicians should accept new patients....
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Austria - Entry and exit of physicians in a two-tiered public/private health care system 

02/28/2011

The authors of this paper analyze the entry and exit decisions of physicians working in the private outpatient sector of the Austrian health care system. The outpatient sector of the health care system in Austria is characterized by a strict separation of private and public physicians....
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Australia - Following the funding trail: Financing, nurses and teamwork in Australian General Practice 

02/28/2011

Across the globe the emphasis on roles and responsibilities of primary care teams is under scrutiny. This paper begins with a review of general practice financing in Australia, and how nurses are currently funded. The authors of the paper then examine the influence of funding structures on the role of the nurse. They set out three dilemmas for policy-makers in this area: lack of an evidence base for incentives, possible untoward impacts on interdisciplinary functioning, and the substitution/enhancement debate....
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Australia - Using Microeconomic Reform to Deliver Patient-Centered Health Care 

02/28/2011

COAG health reforms are a first step in improving the funding of the healthcare system but are a long way short of the reforms needed to build a sustainable healthcare system and improve Australians’ health, the Business Council of Australia says. This paper argues for using a microeconomic reform perspective to add to the current health reform debate. Its companion paper, Selected Facts and Statistics on Australia’s Healthcare Sector, contains key financial and resource-related facts about the healthcare sector that have been used to support the arguments made in the report....
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