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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.

Australia - Health expenditure Australia 2015–16 

10/13/2017

In 2015-16, total spending on health in Australia was $170.4 billion, $6 billion (3.6%) higher in real terms than in 2014-15. Public hospital expenditure grew by 8.4%. Due to low economic growth, the share of gross domestic product (GDP) represented by health (10.3%) continued to rise, driven mostly by higher prices....
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International - Together on the road to universal health coverage. A call to action 

09/29/2017

Universal health coverage (UHC) is central to achieving better health and wellbeing for people at all ages. It delivers health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, and ensures that patients are not driven into poverty because of high costs. This WHO publication provides a comprehensive overview of UHC and discusses policies, priorities, financing, health inequities, and human rights....
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International - What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature 

09/29/2017

Classifying types of health system challenges studied by researchers, this scoping review analyzed 292 papers. It found that the most frequently researched areas were mental health, infectious diseases, and primary care. Frequently studied target populations included elderly people, minorities, those living in remote or poor places, and children. The most reported health system challenges concerned human resources, governance, and health service delivery. ...
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UK - Person-centred care in 2017: evidence from service users 

09/29/2017

Published by National Voices, a coalition of health charities, this report creates a snapshot of the extent of person-centred care in England's healthcare system based on how patients report experiences of treatment, care and support. The report concludes that patient-centred care is inadequately measured, with little data available, and is often implemented in piecemeal fashion. Personalized care planning is largely absent from most settings....
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UK - How is success achieved by individuals innovating for patient safety and quality in the NHS? 

09/29/2017

In this study, researchers interviewed 15 National Health Service (NHS) professionals who had received a national award for developing healthcare innovations improving patient safety or quality. Four themes emerged from the data: personal determination, an ability to broker relationships and navigate organizational culture, and the effective use of evidence to influence others. Focus and persistence were important personal characteristics....
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UK - New care models: harnessing technology 

09/29/2017

In Britain, challenges related to demand for services, constrained funding and a large workforce have required the National Health Service (NHS) and its local government partners to think differently about the ways health and care services are delivered effectively. This publication explores how digital tools are a key part of an emerging paradigm, and demonstrates how the technology has the potential to revolutionize care delivery....
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Europe - Investment for health and well-being: a review of the social return on investment from public health policies to support implementing the Sustainable Development Goals by building on Health 2020 

09/29/2017

Based on a scoping review, this WHO report concludes that Europe's current public health investment policies and practices are unsustainable and carry high social, economic, and environmental costs. Instead, it advocates investment in policies based on values and evidence that contribute to social, economic and environmental sustainability. Investing for health and wellbeing is a driver and enabler of sustainable development....
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Europe - Key policies for addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities 

09/29/2017

Evidence indicates that four areas (early child development, employment, security and the living environment) have the greatest effect on social determinants of health and health inequities. This WHO briefing identifies practical policy options for action that focus on early childhood education and care; child poverty; labour market programs; working conditions; social cash transfers; and regulatory mechanisms to improve air quality....
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Canada - Competing demands and opportunities in primary care 

09/29/2017

In primary care, competing demands present a substantial barrier to the provision of specific services to patients. This study estimates the feasibility of meeting all current demands in primary care and considers the relative benefits of interventions such as screening and preventive health care, chronic disease management, and caring for patients with acute medical conditions....
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Canada - What can organizations do to improve family physicians’ interprofessional collaboration? Results of a survey of primary care in Quebec 

09/29/2017

This Quebec survey of 375 primary healthcare organizations assessed collaboration between family physicians (FPs) and other healthcare professionals. It found that 47.1% of organizations reported a high degree of collaboration between FPs and specialists. Collaboration was less common between FPs and non-physician professionals (16.5%). Clinical relationships with a hospital, and patients with chronic disease were associated with higher FP collaboration with other professionals....
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