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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 - Supporting primary health care nurse practitioners’ transition to practice 

11/29/2010

The aim of this article is to examine role transition and support requirements for nurse practitioner (NP) graduates in their first year of practice from the perspectives of the NPs and co participants familiar with the NPs’ practices; and to make recommendations for practice, education, and policy....
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Canada - Critical Condition: A Historian’s Prognosis on Canada’s Aging Healthcare System 

11/29/2010

Reforms to reduce the fiscal burden of Canada’s public healthcare costs should preserve the core value of equal access, while evolving away from universality, according to the author of the C.D. Howe Institute’s 2010 Benefactors Lecture, released recently. In Critical Condition: A Historian’s Prognosis on Canada’s Aging Healthcare System, Michael Bliss, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto, reviews the history of Canada’s healthcare system and draws lessons for future reforms....
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Belgium - Out of hours care: A profile analysis of patients attending the emergency department and the general practitioner on call 

11/29/2010

Overuse of emergency departments (ED) is of concern in Western society. This phenomenon may compromise efficient use of health care personnel, infrastructure and financial resources of the ED. To redirect patients, an extensive knowledge of the experiences and attitudes of patients and their choice behaviour is necessary. The aim of this study is to quantify the patients and socio-economical determinants for choosing the general practitioner (GP) on call or the ED....
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International - Action for Global Health launches online tool to track EU support for health in developing countries 

11/29/2010

Action for Global Health has launched an "Action Tracker" - an online tool that tracks the contributions that EU Member States make to improve health in developing countries....
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International - Health: Improving health care efficiency is key to curbing spiraling costs 

11/29/2010

Governments must make their health care systems more efficient if they are to maintain quality of care without putting further stress on public finances, according to a new OECD report. In Health Care Systems: Efficiency and Policy Settings, the OECD warns that cash-strapped governments no longer have the option of boosting spending to improve health outcomes, as they have done over the past several decades....
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UK - £600M NHS back office savings could be redirected to the frontline 

11/29/2010

£600 million could be available for NHS frontline health services through streamlining the way health organisations run their back offices, an independent review has found. The review of back office efficiency, QIPP National Workstream: Back Office Efficiency and Management Optimisation, looked at ways of streamlining: finance, human resources (HR), information management and technology (IM&T), procurement, estates management, governance and risk, and payroll functions....
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UK - Department of Health business plan 2011-2015 

11/29/2010

This business plan sets out the vision and priorities for the Department, and in the Structural Reform section the key commitments involved in delivering the reform programme. The Transparency section of the plan sets out the key indicators for the understanding of the costs and outcomes of health and social care services....
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New Zealand – Launch of the Mental Health and Addiction Action Plan 2010 

11/29/2010

The Action Plan describes a work programme of Ministry-led activities in four key areas through to November 2011 to advance the Government's priorities for mental health and addictions....
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Canada – Nova Scotia’s Personal Health Information Legislation Introduced 

11/29/2010

Nova Scotians' personal health information will be better protected with a Personal Health Information Act introduced recently, Nov. 9. The act will provide consistent rules for the management of personal health information. Nova Scotia joins eight other provinces that have comprehensive legislation to manage personal health information. The legislation sets out rules on how information is collected, used, disclosed, retained, and destroyed by the health-care sector in Nova Scotia....
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Canada - First steps toward a family doctor for every Manitoban by 2015 

11/29/2010

Manitoba will introduce nurse-practitioner-led quick-care clinics and mobile clinics while expanding the successful Advanced Access care model as the first steps toward ensuring every Manitoban who wants a family doctor has one by 2015, Premier Greg Selinger announced recently. Manitoba’s plan will not only focus on introducing more doctors and nurses into the system but also on innovations to help front-line providers see more patients faster....
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