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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 - 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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International - How Health Insurance Design Affects Access to Care and Costs, By Income, In Eleven Countries 

11/29/2010

This survey examines the insurance-related experiences of adults in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom....
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Sweden - Health Promoting Settings in Primary Health Care - "Hälsotorg": an implementation analysis 

11/29/2010

Sweden, like many other western countries, faces increasing rates of lifestyle related diseases and corresponding rise in costs for health care. To meet these challenges, a number of efforts have been introduced at different societal levels. One such effort is “Hälsotorg” (HS). HS is a new health promotion setting that emerged in collaboration between the Swedish County Councils and Apoteket AB, a state-owned pharmacy company. The aim of this study was to explore the HS policy implementation on local level and to analyse HS´s activities, in order to provide a more in depth understanding of the HS´s potential as a health promoting setting....
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USA - Determinants of preventable readmissions in the United States: a systematic review 

11/29/2010

Hospital readmissions are a leading topic of healthcare policy and practice reform because they are common, costly, and potentially avoidable events. The authors of this paper undertook a systematic review of the literature to determine what factors are associated with preventable readmissions....
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UK - Changes in Patient Experiences of Primary Care during Health Service Reforms in England between 2003 and 2007 

11/29/2010

Major primary care reforms have been introduced in recent years in the United Kingdom, including financial incentives to improve clinical quality and provide more rapid access to care. Little is known about the impact of these changes on patient experience. The authors of this paper examine patient reports of quality of care between 2003 and 2007....
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UK - The NHS White Paper: evolution or revolution? 

11/29/2010

In the first of a new series of Centerpiece articles analysing policy innovations by the coalition government, Zack Cooper assesses the plans for healthcare reform in the light of recent Centre for Economic Performance research....
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