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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.

Spain - Effect of having private health insurance on the use of health care services: the case of Spain 

12/07/2017

This paper analyzes the effect of private health insurance on public healthcare utilization in Spain. The authors use techniques based on propensity score methods and the latest micro-data from the Spanish National Health Survey (SNHS). Results show that Spaniards with additional private health insurance use the country’s public health system less than peers without private coverage....
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UK - Review of Targets and Indicators for Health and Social Care in Scotland 

12/07/2017

Scotland’s government commissioned this independent expert review of targets and indicators in Scottish health and social care. The review considers how targets and performance indicators can lead to best outcomes, and looks at how they align with government strategy for the future of health and social care services. The review identifies key principles and recommendations for future development of targets and indicators....
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International - Indicators and Measurement Tools for Health Systems Integration: A Knowledge Synthesis 

12/07/2017

Conducted by Brazilian and western Canadian researchers, this knowledge synthesis identifies indicator domains and tools to measure progress towards integrated care. Establishing measurement domains, the researchers reviewed 7,133 studies and identified 114 tools to measure the integration of care across 16 domains. Few tools were found in the domains of performance measurement, information systems, organizational goal alignment and resource allocation....
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International - Nurses in advanced roles in primary care. Policy levers for implementation 

12/07/2017

Many countries have introduced advanced roles for primary care nurses to improve access and care while reducing costs. This paper from the OECD provides an analysis of nursing reforms in 37 OECD countries. The paper notes three trends: the development of advanced practice nursing roles; the introduction of supplementary nursing roles; and increases in nursing education programs....
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Canada - Blurred Lines. Private Membership Clinics and Public Health Care 

12/07/2017

Published by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute, this report looks at private membership clinics (PMCs) in Alberta that charge annual fees for combined physician and complementary practitioner care. Finding little public data available, the report analyzes Alberta Health audits of PMCs. It concludes that membership clinics skirt the boundaries of provincial and federal health legislation in order to maximize profits and maintain exclusivity....
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Ireland - 120 new ANPs will drive improvements in the delivery of health services 

12/07/2017

Ireland is launching a recruitment and training program for advanced nursing practice (ANP) that will result in the creation of 700 ANP positions by 2021. The program will initially train 120 ANP professionals to work with the elderly and manage chronic diseases and unscheduled care. A consortium of colleges is overseeing the program....
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Europe - Commission diagnoses the state of health in the EU 

12/07/2017

The European Commission has published 28 country health profiles of member-states of the European Union (EU). The EU country profiles consider population health and risk factors while assessing the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of national health systems. Many EU member states are increasingly focusing on primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention....
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Canada - Improving Youth Mental Health a Priority for Society and the Economy 

12/07/2017

Close to two million working Canadians have unmet mental health care needs that prevent them from performing at their highest potential. Among them, young Canadians living with depression and/or anxiety represent the highest cost to the Canadian economy in lost productivity. New research by The Conference Board of Canada suggests that reducing the barriers for young adults seeking treatment and support for mental illness could lead to significant long-term benefits....
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Canada - Demand for Long-Term Care Beds in Canada Could Nearly Double in Little More Than 15 Years 

12/07/2017

According to a Conference Board of Canada report, Canada could need to create 42,000 new long-term care beds in the next five years to meet the needs of the country’s aging population. The report says Canada may need an additional 199,000 beds by 2035, nearly double the number of long-term care beds currently available....
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Canada - Emergency room waits continue to increase 

12/07/2017

New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that time spent in emergency departments (EDs) waiting to be admitted to the hospital is increasing. The data shows that 90% of admissions following ED visits were completed within 32.6 hours in 2016, a 3.3-hour increase from 29.3 hours in 2015....
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