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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 - A Third Option for the Heath Care debate: Think community and courage 

04/01/2010

In “A Third Option for the Health Care Debate”, authors Dianne Kelderman and Dr. David Zitner unveil a third option, health care co-operatives.There are over a hundred health care co-ops operating in Canada today, especially in Québec and Saskatchewan. They are incontestable evidence of the determination and ability of ordinary people – people without medical training – to have a say in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services that they and their neighbours receive....
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Canada - Measuring the efficiency of healthcare facilities 

04/01/2010

Efficiency measurement has been a major item on the health economics agenda over the past quarter century. A thorough review of the literature shows that almost all studies met the basic requirements proposed by Cowing and Stevenson in 1983, and relied on the solid theoretical foundations of production economics. Many methods were nevertheless developed and used, with some grounded in statistics, others in operations research, or accounting. The objective of this paper is to show how these methods often fail to include all relevant theoretical considerations. ...
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Australia: Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia 

04/01/2010

A new report released recently by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, recommends improvements to the way new health products, procedures and services are assessed for public funding, in line with international best practice. ...
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Ireland - Value for Money and Policy Review of the Economic Cost and Charges Associated with Private and Semi-Private Treatment Services in Public Hospitals 

04/01/2010

The Department of Health and Children is currently undertaking a Value for Money and Policy Review of the Economic Cost and Charges Associated with Private and Semi-Private Treatment Services in Public Hospitals. This interim report sets out a revised costing methodology and an estimate of the gap which currently exists between private and semi-private bed charges and the average economic cost....
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Canada - Measuring performance is essential to patient-centred care 

04/01/2010

A paradigm shift is needed in Canada toward a patient-centred health system according to this editorial by Paul C. Hébert, Editor-in-Chief, CMAJ. Change will only occur if patients have access to the necessary information to make their health care decisions. Without comparative measurements, decisions focused on the interests of institutions and health practitioners will continue to be made by administrators and bureaucrats because of limited public engagement....
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Canada - Simple tool identifies patients who may need closer monitoring after leaving hospital 

04/01/2010

Canadian researchers have developed a simple tool to predict the probability that a patient discharged from hospital to the community will die or be unexpectedly readmitted within 30 days. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, could help identify patients who may benefit from closer monitoring and care, so that serious health problems can be prevented....
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USA : Shortchanging America's Health. A State-by-State Look at How Public Health Dollars Are Spent 

04/01/2010

A March 2010 report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found federal spending for public health has been flat for nearly five years, while states around the country cut nearly $392 million for public health programs in the past year. These cuts leave communities around the country struggling to deliver basic disease prevention and emergency health preparedness services....
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USA - The use of medical technology in the United States increased dramatically between 1996 and 2006, according to "Health, United States, 2009" 

04/01/2010

Health, United States, 2009 is the federal government’s 33rd annual report to the President and Congress on the health of all Americans.The report was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics from data gathered by state and federal health agencies and through ongoing national surveys. This year's edition features a special section on medical technology, and finds that the rate of magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI, and computed and positron emission tomography or CT/PET scans, ordered or provided, tripled between 1996 and 2007....
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Australia - A National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia’s Future 

04/01/2010

The Rudd Government recently announced major structural reforms to Australia’s health and hospital system. The Government will deliver better health services and better hospitals by establishing a National Health and Hospitals Network. This new national network will be funded nationally and run locally. These reforms represent the biggest changes to Australia’s health and hospital system since the introduction of Medicare, and one of the most significant reforms to the federation in its history. ...
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UK - Framework for quality accounts: a response to consultation 

04/01/2010

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