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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 - Access Management in Primary Care. Perspectives from an Expert Panel 

09/20/2018

Undertaken by an expert panel of patients, providers, policymakers, purchasers, researchers, product makers and payers, this Rand Company report defines optimal access in primary healthcare organizations and identifies eight priorities for improving access. First among them is routinely evaluating the degree to which patient telephone calls are answered promptly and routed appropriately....
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UK - Paying for Efficiency: Incentivising same-day discharges in the English NHS 

09/20/2018

Since 2010, hospitals in the English National Health Service (NHS) have received more remuneration for same-day discharge patients than for overnight stays. This study analyzed data for patients treated for 191 same-day discharge conditions between 2006 and 2014. It finds that the payment policy had a statistically significant positive effect in about a third of conditions. Results were more mixed for emergency conditions....
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UK - Private Provision of Publicly Funded Health Care: The Economics of Ownership 

09/20/2018

The private ownership of organizations providing services to the public National Health Service (NHS) is controversial in the UK, especially with regard to private hospitals. The purpose of this paper is to provide a non-partisan view of the ‘ownership debate’ through the lens of economic value. The paper discusses the organization of production, theories of behaviour and motivation, and the role of incentives and payments....
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Spain - Evolution of public hospitals expenditure by healthcare area in the Spanish National Health System: the determinants to pay attention to 

09/20/2018

In Spain, hospitals represent the largest share of overall public healthcare expenditures, which is administered by Autonomous Communities. Hospital spending has increased at a faster than total spending since 2001. This study, published in BMC Health Services Research, finds that hospital spending increases relate mainly to utilization, and not price factors. It also finds significant variation between Accountable Communities in the devolved Spanish health system....
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International - Lancet Commission Stresses Need for High-Quality Health Systems for SDGs 

09/20/2018

The Lancet Global Health Commission (LGHC), a group of academics and policymakers from 18 countries, has published recommendations on ways to develop health systems capable of reaching sustainable development goals (SDGs). Health systems dedicated to high quality care that can respond to changing population needs are required to produce better health outcomes and greater social value....
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UK - Government response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on integrated care 

09/20/2018

The UK government has issued a response to recommendations made by Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee in its recent report on integrated care in the National Health Service (NHS). The response sets out how government intends to address the recommendations as part of its long-term plan for the NHS. This includes annual funding increases of an average 3.4% each year to 2023/24 and continued promotion of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, along with Integrated Care Providers responsible for both quality of care and health outcomes for a defined population. ...
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UK - New guidance to help NHS patients benefit from digital technology 

09/20/2018

The National Health Service (NHS) has issued a new code of conduct for artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies. The code encourages companies to adhere to a set of principles that will protect patient data and make sure only the best technologies are used by the NHS to bring real benefits to patients....
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Canada - More Canadians could benefit from palliative care 

09/20/2018

Most Canadians (75%) want to die at home, and a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reveals that people who access palliative home care services in their last year of life are 2.5 times more likely to do so. The data, published in Access to Palliative Care in Canada, also shows that early palliative care reduced the number of visits to intensive care and emergency department visits for terminally ill Canadians in their last month of life....
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Australia - Blueprint for Professional Aged Care Workforce Growth 

09/20/2018

Australia’s professional aged care workforce is estimated to require one million workers by 2050. This report by the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce sets out a strategy to help the sector shift attitudes to caregiving careers and enhance quality of life for senior citizens....
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International - The promise and peril of universal health care 

09/07/2018

Summarizing international and national efforts to promote and implement universal health coverage (UHC), this article offers a comprehensive review of approaches to UHC and discusses the many differing national contexts, challenges and barriers affecting its implementation and organization around the world. The financial cost of massively expanding access to healthcare continues to be the most formidable barrier to achieving UHC....
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