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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.

Europe - Competition policy in five European countries. What can be learned for health policy in England? 

08/17/2017

This Health Foundation working paper is the final report of a project that produced case studies of competition policies in France, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands and Norway. It finds that patient choice policies are increasingly common, that the process to determine hospital tariffs differs across countries, and that introducing GP competition is controversial....
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Canada - Developing a New First Nations Health Governance System: Creation of an Independent, First Nations Run Organization 

08/17/2017

In 2011 a tripartite agreement between the province of British Columbia (BC), Health Canada, and First Nations leaders created the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), with the goal of addressing health disparities between First Nations and other residents of BC, as well as increase the voice of First Nations people in the health system. This article considers that the FNHA has good potential and may be emulated by other provinces. However there remain administrative weaknesses and issues of recruitment and retention....
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Canada - An economic analysis of a system wide Lean approach: cost estimations for the implementation of Lean in the Saskatchewan healthcare system for 2012–2014 

08/17/2017

Published in BMC Health Services Research, this study estimates cost involved in the first two years of the province’s implementation of Lean, including poorly documented costs such as health leader training, along with more transparent costs for consultancy services. The authors examine the types of event involved in implementation and the costs associated with them. Cost estimates show that the annual cost of Lean in Saskatchewan during the 2012–2014 period was about $23.4 million....
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Canada - How the private insurance market operates in the regulatory framework governing prescription drug insurance in Québec 

08/17/2017

This report presents the results of a unique survey of Québec employers with 50 or more employees to better analyze issues that arise in this market. The first part examines the views of company directors on issues surrounding group insurance. The second provides a detailed look at the characteristics of insurance contracts. On the basis of these data, the authors propose an analysis of the general functioning of group and private insurance and the profitability of the products offered....
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International - OECD Health Statistics 2017 

08/17/2017

The OECD Health Database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. The most recent update of the database was released this past June 30. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems....
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UK - NHS England launches action plan to drive out wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions, saving NHS over £190 million a year 

08/17/2017

On July 21, NHS England published detailed plans, drawn up with family doctors and pharmacists, to trim hundreds of millions for the rapidly growing drugs bill. New guidelines recommend that 18 treatments, including homeopathy and herbal therapies, no longer be prescribed. They also propose limiting prescribing of products for minor conditions....
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Ireland - National Cancer Strategy 2017 -2026 

08/17/2017

Following significant progress over the last 10 years, Ireland is determined to make further strides in cancer control such that survival rates reach the top quartile of European countries by 2026. Prevention is a cornerstone, along with integration across primary, acute and social care with enhanced leadership from the National Cancer Control Programme. The strategy describes measures intended to reduce the cancer burden, provide optimal care, and maximize patient involvement and quality of life....
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Europe - Public Consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market 

08/17/2017

This consultation investigates the need for policy measures that will promote digital innovation for better health and care in Europe. It is seeking views on cross-border access to and management of personal health data, joint European exploitation of digital infrastructure, and measures to support interaction between patients and providers. Citizens, patient organisations, health and care professionals, public authorities, researchers, industries, investors and users of digital health tools are invited to respond to the consultation by October 12 2017....
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Australia - The Australian Government has released a public discussion paper to help inform future care at home reforms 

08/17/2017

Health policy reforms in Australia have aimed to give consumers more control over their care and, most recently, their home care. Government prepared a discussion paper and initiated a public consultation earlier this summer that is open for submissions until August 21. Feedback will be used to inform government decisions on an integrated care at home program....
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Summer season 

07/11/2017

Please note that the newsletter’s publication will be interrupted for the summer. We will resume publication on August 22, 2017. Until then, you may consult our Web site at : http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?accueil-en...
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