Headlines

Canada - Canada needs a “Health in All Policies” action plan now This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A commitment to a national HiAP action plan in Canada, designed and executed in partnership with the provinces and territories, could boost health care improvement, promote continuity in successive governments’ decisions and adapt Canadians’ social rights to the needs of this century, according to the authors of this article.

Canada - Canadian family doctors providing better access to care, lagging behind in offering digital services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The results of an international survey of family doctors show that Canadian doctors are practising more in group settings and offering more weeknight and weekend hours for their patients.
How Canada Compares: Results From the Commonwealth Fund’s 2019 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians, released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), shows that 57% of Canadian family doctors offered weeknight hours and 50% offered weekend hours within their own practices in 2019. This was higher than the average from the 11 countries surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund (weeknight: 44%; weekend: 36%).

Canada - Manitoba Launches New Idea Fund for Health to Continue Investing In Care Closer To Home This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Manitoba government will invest up to $40 million to support innovative ideas brought forward by health-care workers that support improved delivery of services and better patient care, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced recently. The Idea Fund for Health will invest up to $40 million in three phases over the next four years. The first will support projects that align with one or more of the key priorities of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan including: reducing variation in clinical practice; building local capacity to manage chronic conditions and post-acute needs of patients; and focusing on preventive measures to improve health outcomes and reduce the need for acute services.

Canada - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Launches First-of-its-Kind Workplace Mental Health Playbook This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated to be a staggering $51 billion each year. Half a million Canadians miss work each week due to mental illness, it's a leading – and costly – cause of disability in Canada. In response to this, CAMH, in partnership with BMO, launched a first-of-its-kind, Workplace Mental Health Playbook for Business Leaders. With the research highlighting only 32 per cent of Canadian employees feel their organization's leadership is addressing mental health, The Playbook provides a path to more effective solutions and better outcomes for employees and for businesses, with five key recommendations and examples of best practices in the workplace.

Norway - National Health and Hospital Plan 2020 - 2023 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The National Health and Hospital Plan 2020–2023 sets the direction for the development of the specialist health service and the interaction with the municipal health and care services during the period covered by the plan. The aim is to achieve a sustainable, patient-centred health service.

UK - Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE, in a new draft quality standard This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The quality standard calls for community pharmacy services to be included in existing care and referral pathways. This will allow community pharmacy teams to accept as well as make referrals to the service most appropriate for the person.

Events

Canada - The Unnecessary Conference: Choosing Wisely Canada's National Meeting This hyperlink will open in a new window.
There’s a fine line between what is necessary and unnecessary in health care. At The Unnecessary Conference, experts will explore the nuanced ways in which overuse permeates health care delivery and what people are doing about it. The event will take place in Ottawa on May 25-26, 2020.

Poland - Health and Health Care in Europe: Between Inequalities and new Opportunities This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The goal of the conference is to gather together scholars who are conducting research in the field of health and health care. Experts will focus on inequalities and new opportunities for addressing them. The event will take place in Kraków, Poland on June 17-20, 2020.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The purpose of this essay is to identify and evaluate arguments for and against allowing private insurance markets for coverage of basic health care services. Available empirical evidence justifies a critical reassessment of whether Canadians are best served by continuing the current single-payer system, according to the author of the essay.

Canada – MAiD Legislation at a Crossroads: Persons with Mental Disorders as Their Sole Underlying Medical Condition (MD-SUMC) This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In May 2019, eight of the members of the Expert Panel Working Group that examined MAiD for persons with MD-SUMC for the Council of Canadian Academies gathered in Halifax to explore whether they could make recommendations to governments in regard to MAiD for persons with MD-SUMC. This IRPP report, authored by the Halifax Group, aims to shed light on and offer solutions to the challenges associated with amending the federal and the Quebec legislation, specifically as it relates to cases where mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition.

Italy - Regione Lombardia: a tool for improving quality in hospitals This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The aim of this paper is to describe the method adopted by the Lombardy Region to create a governance tool for the healthcare system that would be applied within hospitals to create value at financial-economic level, to achieve continuous quality improvement and to increase patient/customer satisfaction levels.

Switzerland - Advanced practice nurses in primary care in Switzerland: an analysis of interprofessional collaboration This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper aimed to investigate the practice of interprofessional collaboration between advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and medical practice assistants within new models of primary care (PC) in Switzerland using the National Interprofessional Competency Framework. From the analysis, it emerged that role clarification is crucial for effective interprofessional collaboration within new care delivery models in the Swiss PC context.

USA - Projected costs of single-payer healthcare financing in the United States: A systematic review of economic analyses This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Single-payer (often referred to as Medicare for All), a proposed policy solution since 1990, is receiving renewed press attention and popular support. This review seeks to assess the projected cost impact of a single-payer approach. The authors of the study found a high degree of analytic consensus for the fiscal feasibility of a single-payer approach in the US.

International - Financing intersectoral action for health: a systematic review of co-financing models This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The authors of this study show that co-financing of programmes or interventions by multiple benefiting sectors has been implemented in a range of settings, in various ways and with varying degrees of success. They identify two dominant types of co-financing models: integrative models that mobilise resources and fund integrated service provision across sectors; and promotion models that fund programmes that address upstream factors to promote a downstream sectoral objective.

International - Patients’ perception of communication at the interface between primary and secondary care: a cross-sectional survey in 34 countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study revealed large differences among countries in patients’ perceptions of communication at the interface between primary and secondary care. However, personal continuity of care can improve this perception, independent of the health care system in which this occurs.

International - Community health workers involvement in preventative care in primary healthcare: a systematic scoping review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The evidence generated from this systematic scoping review demonstrates the contribution of community health workers to improving access to preventive care for patients from culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds by providing both education and navigational interventions.