Canada - Ontario Making Historic Investment in Mental Health Care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Ontario has announced the biggest provincial investment in Canadian history in mental health and addiction services: a four-year investment of $2.1 billion that will reframe the system to deliver better and more accessible integrated care. The investment will make it easier to access services through a local school, family doctor's office, or community-based organization.

USA - New County Health Rankings Show Differences in Health and Opportunity by Place and Race This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The 2017 edition of County Health Rankings finds that health gaps persist not only by location, but also by race and ethnicity in the US. Data shows that minority communities are more likely to be cut off from opportunities for health, while burdens of poverty continue to fall heaviest on children of colour.

France – 25 key measures in the prevention policy to help people in France stay healthy throughout their lives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On March 26, 2018, the government of France announced initiatives aimed at producing an environment favourable to health at different ages. The actions cover the four stages of life: healthy pregnancy and the first 1,000 days of life; child and youth health; healthy living from age 25 to 65; and aging well and preventing loss of autonomy beyond 65. In total, the actions anticipated in the prevention policy represent an investment of 400 million euros over five years.

UK - Jeremy Hunt outlines the 7 key principles that will guide the Government's thinking ahead of the social care green paper, to be published later in 2018 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has outlined the UK government’s approach to reforming social care in a speech that references seven key principles: quality, integrated care, personal control, support for the social care workforce, support for families and caregivers, a sustainable funding model, and client security.

UK - New research by the RCPCH and Nuffield Trust reveals UK lagging behind peers on child health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Nuffield Trust and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published an analysis of child health measures over time and across 14 comparable countries. Child health outcomes in the UK are poor compared to comparable countries. The proportion of British children living in poverty has increased every year since 2010.

Upcoming Events

The Netherlands - Revolutionizing Healthcare across different healthcare systems
The 3rd World Congress on Healthcare and Health Economics takes place in Amsterdam, on July 26 and 27, 2018. The conference is an opportunity to exchange with leading health economists, professionals and decision-makers on ways to collaborate in putting quality initiatives in place through health economics research.

Hungary - European Health Management Association's conference on Health Policy Implementation
This conference aims to discuss ways to overcome challenges in policy implementation in areas ranging from the health workforce to primary care, eHealth and good governance. The conference takes place in Budapest from June 20 to 22, 2018.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Public health leadership for action on health equity: A literature review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
There is currently little literature examining action by public health leadership on health inequities. This summary by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) highlights concepts from the leadership literature that are transferrable to health equity, including the empowerment of leaders at multiple levels, relational aspects of leadership, the use of data to demonstrate inequities, and the interdependence of leaders and followers.

Canada - Improving Accessibility to Services and Increasing Efficiency Through Centralization in Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This article provides an overview of the 2014 reorganization of Québec’s health and social services network through the abolition of a regional health authority administrative layer and mergers of health and social service facilities under a new governance structure. While formal evaluations of reform performance have yet to be completed, the authors question whether administrative mergers have increased efficiency through economies of scale.

Canada - Fit for Purpose: Findings and Recommendations of the External Review of the Pan-Canadian Health Organizations - Summary Report This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Presenting the analysis and recommendations of the federal government-appointed independent External Review of Pan-Canadian Health Organizations (PCHOs), this summary report discusses the Review's mandate and context, the federal role in health policy, and a vision for 21st century health systems. The report sets out criteria for meeting the needs of Canada's health systems and assesses the current configuration of PCHOs against those criteria.

Europe - Health Expenditure, GDP Growth and the Financial Crisis: A Panel Data Analysis for OECD European Countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study analyses the dynamics of GDP and health expenditure for 25 European countries from 1993 to 2015. Although the study concludes that the growth dynamics of health expenditure did not change significantly during the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession, it finds that deterioration in population health during the period goes beyond the effect on health spending of economic growth.

Europe - Strengthening the measurement framework This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The adoption of Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and wellbeing, marked a shift towards a values-based approach to health that has since proved complex to measure and report on. In response, the WHO convened an expert group to investigate ways to enhance Health 2020 monitoring and reporting. This report outlines recommendations made by the expert group.

Germany - Waiting times in primary care depending on insurance scheme in Germany This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The aim of this study was to uncover possible differences in waiting times dependent on health insurance scheme (public or private), and to identify predictors for excessive waiting times in primary care. After analyzing data from 5,618 respondents, the study found that barriers to access most often depend on insurance status, age, and region of residence. Privately insured respondents reported shorter waiting times for appointments.

UK - Managing the hospital and social care interface: interventions targeting older adults This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report examines Britain’s national policy drive to integrate care for older adults across the health and social care sectors. It looks at examples of health and social care providers working together to reduce delays in transfers of care, length of hospital stay, and admissions for older people, while questioning the success of current approaches. The report draws on the experience of seven case study sites.

UK - What is the impact of developing a seven day hospital service? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Providing two case studies from National Health Service (NHS) regional hospital systems, this report details the clinical, operational, and financial impacts of providing a seven-day hospital service based on findings from interviews with hospital staff and data analysis. The report assesses the costs and benefits of implementing the four priority clinical standards set by the NHS for seven-day hospital services.

International - Implementing parallel spreadsheet models for health policy decisions: The impact of unintentional errors on model projections This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Spreadsheet software is increasingly used to implement systems science models informing health policy decisions, even though spreadsheet models are often prone to unintentional errors. The case study illustrates the impact of unintentional errors on model projections by implementing and analyzing parallel model versions. It determines that standard error-checking techniques do not identify all errors in spreadsheet-based models.