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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.

International - Economic Transition and Health Care Reform: The Experience of Europe and Central Asia 

05/21/2010

This paper exploits the staggered adoption of major concurrent health reforms in countries in Europe and Central Asia after 1990 to estimate their impact on public health expenditure, utilization, and avoidable deaths. While the health systems all derived from the same paradigm under central planning, they have since introduced changes to policies regarding cost-sharing, provider payment, financing, and the rationalization of hospital infrastructure....
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Keyword(s) : ReformDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

International - Towards Measuring the Volume Output of Education and Health Services: A Handbook 

05/21/2010

An increasing number of countries is now working towards output-based measures of the volume of education and health services. The present document summarises country practices and provides methodological guidance for output-based approaches in the measurement of health and education services....
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Keyword(s) : StatisticsDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

International - Retaining health workers in remote and rural areas 

05/21/2010

This special theme issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization focuses on retention of health workers in rural and remote areas. The key messages illustrated by papers in this issue are as follow: there is no single-bullet solution to this problem. Effective retention tactics must respond to both the needs of the population and the expectations of health workers; monitoring and evaluation should be built into the design and implementation of rural retention interventions; context matters and external factors influence to a great extent (greatly) the success or failure of rural retention strategies....
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International - Health Systems Institutional Characteristics: A Survey of 29 OECD Countries 

05/21/2010

In 2008, the OECD launched a survey to collect information on the characteristics of member countries' health systems. This paper presents the information provided by 29 of these countries in 2009. It describes country-specific arrangements to organise the population coverage against health risks and the financing of health spending. It depicts the organisation of health care delivery, focusing on the public/private mix of health care provision, provider payment schemes, user choice and competition among providers, as well as the regulation of health care supply and prices. Finally, this document provides information on governance and resource allocation in health systems (decentralisation in decision making, nature of budget constraints and priority setting)....
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USA – Implementing State Health Reform: Lessons for Policymakers 

05/21/2010

Ce rapport détermine les principales questions auxquelles les concepteurs de politiques doivent réfléchir lors de l’implantation des réformes dans le secteur de la santé et fournit une série d’idées, particulièrement sur ce qui doit arriver sur le plan opérationnel avant et après l’implantation....
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Keyword(s) : Reform, USADelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Republic of Korea: Health system review. Health Systems in Transition, 2009 

05/21/2010

This paper produced by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies focuses on major health care reforms carried out in the last (ten)10 years. These include the integration of existing health insurance funds into a single insurer system in 2000 and the incremental expansion of the benefit package....
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Japan - Can the Health Insurance Reforms stop an increase in medical costs of middle- and old-aged persons in Japan? 

05/21/2010

The first objective of this paper is to examine the impact of the 2003 health insurance reform on medical demand. The second is to focus attention on the demand for medical care by middle- and old-aged persons, who usually require relatively more care than other age groups, and who now make up a growing share of the Japanese population....
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Keyword(s) : Health insurance, Japan, CostsDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Canada - Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index 2010 

05/21/2010

This is the third annual Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index (ECHCI). The ECHCI is an international comparison of healthcare system performance in 34 countries. All 27 European Union member states are examined, along with Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Albania and Canada. For the third straight year, the Netherlands finishes in first place in the ECHCI, earning 857 out of 1,000 possible points....
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Keyword(s) : Statistics, Performance, Canada, EuropeDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Canada - Health Care Funding: Needs and Reality 

05/21/2010

There is no shortage of flashing red lights on health care funding by Ottawa and the provinces, as Antonia Maioni notes in this overview of the health issue. First, the 0-year, $41-billion federal transfer to the provinces is up for renewal in 2014, with no indication of where the money will come from. Then, an aging population will make increasing demands on a system that already consumes more than 10 percent of GDP. In the provinces, British Columbia and Ontario have introduced health care premiums, while Quebec, in its 2010 budget, brings on a health care head tax that will rise to $200 per taxpayer in 2012, as well as a $25 user fee for doctors’ visits, which, she writes: “is contrary to the spirit of the Canada Health Act.”...
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New Zealand - National Health IT Board - Draft National Health IT Plan 

05/21/2010

On Friday (23/4) the DRAFT national Health IT plan was introduced at a Partnership Summit for key stakeholders. The National Health IT Board will be completing the national Health IT Plan for Ministerial approval before 30 June 2010. The plan will define and monitor the development of a sustainable, effective nationwide information and technology environment that fosters safety and quality care, is person-centred, is provider-friendly and increases productivity of the system as a whole. ...
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Keyword(s) : Technologies, New ZealandDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter