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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 - Overview of a formal scoping review on health system report cards 

04/01/2010

There is an extensive body of literature on health system quality reporting that has yet to be characterized. Scoping is a novel methodology for systematically assessing the breadth of a body of literature in a particular research area. The objectives of this study were to showcase the scoping review methodology in the review of health system quality reporting, and to report on the extent of the literature in this area....
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Keyword(s) : IndicatorsDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

USA - Health care expenditure and income in the OECD reconsidered: evidence from panel data 

04/01/2010

This paper reconsiders the long-run economic relationship between health care expenditure and income using a panel of 20 OECD countries observed over the period 1971-2004. ...
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Keyword(s) : Health care expenditure, USADelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Working Together for Health: Achievements and Challenges in the Kaiser NHS Beacon Sites Program 

04/01/2010

A comparison of the NHS and Kaiser Permanente published in the British Medical Journal in 2002 has stimulated a pilot program to adapt the experience of Kaiser in three areas of England. These three areas – Birmingham and Solihull, Northumbria and Torbay – have drawn on the work of Kaiser Permanente in various ways, including improving care for people with long-term conditions, achieving closer integration of primary and secondary care and health and social care, and strengthening the role of clinical leaders. There has been continuing progress since the last report in 2006 on the work in these three areas and many examples of innovation. ...
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Keyword(s) : Innovation, UKDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Japan - Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Mixed Medical Care Services in Japan. What is Equity? 

04/01/2010

The aim of this study is to examine the manner in which a Japanese medical regulation affects equity in health care within an economic framework. The regulation is termed “the ban on mixed treatment.” Mixed treatment is the mixed use of treatments covered by public health insurance as well as those not covered by such insurance in the course of treating an illness. In principle, the Japanese Health Ministry bans mixed treatment....
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Keyword(s) : Health insurance, JapanDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

USA - On the Rise of Health Spending and Longevity 

04/01/2010

The authors use a calibrated stochastic life-cycle model of endogenous health spending, asset accumulation and retirement to investigate the causes behind the increase in health spending and life expectancy over the period 1965-2005. They estimate that technological change along with the increase in the generosity of health insurance may explain independently 53% of the rise in health spending (insurance 29% and technology 24%) while income less than 10%. ...
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Keyword(s) : Health spending, USADelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Canada - A New Model for Sustainable Public Health Care Delivery in Canada Part two: The change thing and how to make it happen 

04/01/2010

This is a follow-up article to the one which appeared in September 2009 in which the authors proposed a new competition-based model for health care delivery. This article is an attempt to offer principles for implementing this model deriving from an examination of the history of Canada and a review of the success factors that can still be applied today....
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Keyword(s) : Health care delivery, CanadaDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Ireland - Projecting the Impact of Demographic Change on the Demand for and Delivery of Healthcare in Ireland 

04/01/2010

This report is the first attempt to tease out and quantify the impact of demographic change on the demand for and delivery of health care in Ireland. The report focus on the following issues: the complex task of projecting the demand for and delivery of health care, general practitioner care, outpatient services, pharmaceuticals, long-term health and social care....
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Keyword(s) : Demographic changeDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

USA - Health Care Reform. A Collection of Articles on U.S. Health Care Reform 

04/01/2010

Victor R. Fuchs is the Stanford economics professor who is the dean of American health economists and is best known for his thoughtful book Who Shall Live? In just the past two years he has written 12 short articles that have appeared in such prestigious publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs: Eliminating “Waste” in Health Care, Four Health Care Reforms for 2009, Cost Shifting Does Not Reduce the Cost of Health Care, The Proposed Government Health, Insurance Company — No Substitute for Real Reform, Reforming US Health Care – Key Considerations for the New Administration, Health Reform: Getting The Essentials Right, Health Care Reform — Why So Much Talk and So Little Action?, Three “Inconvenient Truths” about Health Care, The Perfect Storm of Overutilization, Who Really Pays for Health Care? The Myth of Shared Responsibility, What Are The Prospects For Enduring Comprehensive Health Care Reform? Essential Elements of a Technology and Outcomes Assessment Initiative....
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Keyword(s) : Health system, USADelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Canada - Improving Canada’s primary healthcare: benefits and opportunities 

04/01/2010

These three reports summarize the current state of primary healthcare in Canada, investigate best international practices and provide concrete recommendations on how Canada can redefine its priorities in order to strengthen the system. Commissioned by CHSRF and the Canadian Working Group for Primary Healthcare Improvement, the three reports will be used to guide activities in developing a pan-Canadian strategy for using evidence to improve the design and delivery of primary healthcare....
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Keyword(s) : Primary health care, CanadaDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

Canada - A Foundation for Alberta’s Health System. Report of the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Health. A New Legislative Framework For Health 

04/01/2010

This report by the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Health presents a new focus and architecture for health care legislation in Alberta that will reframe the way Albertans, health policy makers and the health system view health and health care in the years ahead. The report defines a new context for Alberta’s health system. It will shape the system in ways that ensure the health needs of Albertans are served by using best available evidence and removing barriers to putting people and families at the centre of their health care....
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