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International - Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

Half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to the WHO. The report says nearly 100 million people are pushed every year into extreme poverty (surviving on $1.90 or less daily) because of direct costs for health care.

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International - Learning from high risk industries may not be straightforward: a qualitative study of the hierarchy of risk controls approach in healthcare

The hierarchy of risk control approaches (HRCA) is used in high-risk industries to rank the effectiveness of safety interventions. This study in four UK hospitals examined whether HRCA could be fruitfully applied to health care.

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Canada - Reality Bites: How Canada’s Healthcare System Compares to its International Peers

Canadian provincial healthcare systems fare poorly compared to peer countries according to new research from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Reality Bites: How Canada’s Healthcare System Compares to its International Peers,” authors Colin Busby, Ramya Muthukaran and Aaron Jacobs examine how the provinces, the major healthcare deliverers in Canada, fare compared to other nations in healthcare provision.

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UK - Against the Odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS

Setting out what is known about the scale and spread of innovation in healthcare, this report describes common themes that have emerged from research and synthesizes insights from 10 case studies to provide a set of considerations for thinking about how to scale healthcare innovations in the future. The case studies are presented in full in an appendix to the report.

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Europe - Euro health consumer index 2017

The 2017 edition of the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) has been released, assessing the performance of healthcare systems in 35 European countries. The EHCI analyzes national health care on 46 indicators, looking into areas such as patient rights and information, access to care, treatment outcomes, range and reach of services, and use of pharmaceuticals.

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UK - Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations unlikely to deliver hoped-for benefits in practice

This National Health Service (NHS) study finds that alternatives to face-to-face consultations with general practitioners (GPs), such as telephone, email, online and video consultations, may not lead to reductions in GP workload. The authors describe significant barriers and resistance to implementation among both GP practice staff and patients.

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