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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.

USA - HHS Releases Report on Americans with Pre-existing Health Conditions 

01/31/2011

A new analysis released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows without the Affordable Care Act, up to 129 million non-elderly Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition, like heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or cancer, would be at risk of losing health insurance or be denied coverage....
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UK - Quality 2020 - A 10-year Quality Strategy for health and social care in Northern Ireland 

01/31/2011

A 10 year Quality Strategy for Health and Social Care has been developed for Northern Ireland. It is intended that the Strategy will protect and improve quality and aim to achieve excellence, in terms of safety, effectiveness and patient/client experience in the period up to 2020. A consultation document is available online....
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UK - Patient-centred NHS a step closer to reality: Health and Social Care Bill published 

01/31/2011

Plans to modernise the National Health Service and put patients at the heart of everything it does were set out in the Health and Social Care Bill, published recently. The proposed changes will lead to better quality care, more choice and improved outcomes for patients, as well as long-term financial savings for the NHS, which will be available for reinvestment to improve care....
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Canada - Doctor Shortage Much More Severe in Canada’s North 

01/31/2011

Canada’s doctor shortage is far worse in the North than in the South. Where the population-to-physician ratio in the South is usually 400 or 500 to one, the ratio across the North can be 2,000 or even 3,000 to one, depending on the Northern region in question. The Conference Board of Canada’s Somebody Call a Doctor map is part of an ongoing Centre for the North series, which illustrates similarities and differences between Canada’s North and South and among Northern regions....
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Canada - Bold new approaches needed to prevent Ontarians overwhelming the hospital system by 2020 

01/31/2011

A new report released recently by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) urgently calls for more emphasis to be put on family medicine and the primary care sector in order to provide Ontarians with what they need and want when it comes to their healthcare, and to prevent them from overwhelming Ontario's hospitals and emergency departments by 2020. The report, called "Vision 2020: Raising the Bar in Family Medicine and Ontario's Primary Care Sector" is supported by a survey conducted by Harris-Decima for the Ontario College of Family Physicians....
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International - Framework for assessing, improving and enhancing health service planning 

01/17/2011

This report aims to contribute to policy learning across countries from the diversity of healthcare planning approaches in Europe and elsewhere through developing and validating a framework for assessing, improving and enhancing healthcare planning. It identifies a set of criteria within three broad themes: "Vision", "Governance" and "Intelligence", which were then tested empirically through an in-depth analysis of four countries, using a case study approach: Germany, Austria, Canada (Ontario) and New Zealand....
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International - Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2010 

01/17/2011

This first edition of Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, and health care expenditure and financing across 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies in the Asia/Pacific region. Drawing on a wide range of data sources, it builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance: OECD Indicators, and gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems....
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USA - Strengthening Primary and Chronic Care: State Innovations to Transform and Link Small Practices 

01/17/2011

This report examines the roles states are playing to reorganize the delivery of primary and chronic care to produce more efficient and effective care for patients and providers, particularly in small practices. Through short case studies developed via interviews with state officials and physicians in Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, the authors highlight several state-based initiatives that seek to create high-performing health systems by targeting local and regional strengths....
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UK - All in this together? Making best use of health and social care resources in an era of 

01/17/2011

This policy paper seeks to contribute to an ongoing debate about how best to use health and social care resources to achieve the best possible outcomes in difficult financial circumstances....
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UK - Avoiding hospital admissions. What does the research evidence say? 

01/17/2011

This paper considers the research evidence for a range of interventions to avoid emergency or unplanned hospital admissions. The author focuses on the following issues: What interventions work in reducing avoidable admissions? Who is at risk, and how do we identify them? Which admissions are potentially avoidable? Which interventions work in: primary care, social care, emergency care, and discharge from hospital....
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