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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 - Service Integration across Sectors in Europe: Literature and Practice 

05/03/2018

This paper presents a preliminary review of service integration across sectors in Europe, between social services, health, employment and education. The review shows that integration may be either tailored to a particular target group or designed for communities in general. Systems to monitor integration are not yet adequately developed and further study is needed to understand the processes involved in cross-sector service integration....
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Australia - Informing implementation of quality improvement in Australian primary care 

05/03/2018

While quality improvement initiatives (QI) are difficult to implement in primary care, meso-level structures offer opportunities to implement programs in primary care practices of a given area. This case study looks at the design and implementation of QI programs in the Australian Primary Care Collaborative. It identifies five factors that enable or impede implementation: leadership, organizational culture, funding incentives, data and clinical systems....
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Canada - Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for All Canadians 

05/03/2018

This report of the Standing Committee on Health, delivered to Parliament in April 2018, presents the conclusions of its study on the development of a national pharmacare program. Following wide consultations, the Committee considers that the best way to move forward in establishing a universal single payer public prescription drug coverage program is by expanding the Canada Health Act to include prescription drugs dispensed outside of hospitals as an insured service under the Act. This approach would reduce costs and promote equity....
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Canada - Is the Canada Health Act a Barrier to Reform? 

05/03/2018

The Canada Health Act (CHA) prevents provinces from implementing proven health-care reforms that would improve the system and shorten wait times, finds a new study released recently by the Fraser Institute....
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Belgium - Payment Methods for Hospital Stays with a Large Variability in the Care Process 

05/03/2018

In April 2015, the Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health published a comprehensive plan to reform the Belgian hospital landscape. A central element is the idea to classify hospital stays in three clusters and to apply a different payment system to each of the clusters. This scientific report from KCE reviews international payment models for hospital stays and the feasibility of using them in Belgium....
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Switzerland – Health spending 2016: A total of 80.7 billion francs 

05/03/2018

This report by the Federal Statistics Bureau presents provisional data on health expenditure in Switzerland. The 3.8% increase over 2015 expenses is mainly due to higher spending in hospitals, medical-social institutions, medical practices and other ambulatory care providers....
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USA - New Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in Both Primary and Specialty Care 

05/03/2018

In a report published on April 11, the Association of American Medical Colleges states that the US could see a shortage of between 42,000 and 121,000 physicians by 2030. These findings persist despite modeling that takes into account the use of other health professions and changes in the delivery of care. Population growth and aging are major factors in the anticipated shortage, notable the aging of physicians: the number of physicians over age 65 will increase by 50% by 2030....
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Europe - Commission steps up efforts to increase availability and boost healthcare data sharing 

05/03/2018

On April 25, the European Commission proposed measures to assure better access to, and reusability of, public sector data. These accompany a General Data Protection Regulation that will come into effect on May 25, 2018. The new measures include the creation of a European Open Science Cloud to improve access to scientific information; fostering cooperation to make better use of health data, including genomic data; and improving the interoperability of electronic health records to enable data to be shared across borders. The proposal will now go to European Parliament....
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Canada - Framework for a palliative care strategy unveiled 

05/03/2018

On April 19, 2018, New Brunswick released its framework for person-centred and integrated palliative care services. An advisory committee, led by the New Brunswick Cancer Network, will be set up to develop an action plan....
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UK - The Promise of Healthtech 

04/19/2018

This report examines how digital innovators are transforming the National Health Service (NHS) via the development and adoption of cloud computing, 3-D printing and genomics. The authors surveyed hundreds of private health technology start-up companies to determine key barriers to new technology acquisition by the NHS. Slow procurement policies, undefined safety standards, limited digital skills, poor interoperability and lack of clarity about evidence were all factors....
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