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Australia - Vision for the health system in Queensland This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian state of Queensland has released a 10-year strategy for the state’s healthcare system based on four key priorities: promoting wellbeing; delivering and connecting healthcare; and pursuing innovation. The strategy calls for developing telehealth models for outpatient care and increasing the availability of consumer electronic health data.

Canada - More regulated nurses entering the profession than leaving it This hyperlink will open in a new window.
New data shows that more regulated nurses in Canada are entering the profession than leaving it. In 2015, there was an inflow of 30,897 regulated nurses and an outflow of 22,534, culminating a 10-year period in which Canadian nursing supply grew by 18%. Regulated nurses are Registered nurses (RNs), including nurse practitioners (NPs); Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), also called registered practical nurses in Ontario; and Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).

Canada - Ontario Launches $222 Million First Nations Health Action Plan This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Ontario is launching a $222 Million First Nations Health Action Plan over the next three years to ensure that the province’s indigenous peoples have access to improved health outcomes and culturally appropriate care. The Action Plan includes additional funding of $104.5 million annually to address health inequities among Ontario First Nations.

Canada - Drug Costs Up in 2013/14 for Canadian Public Drug Plans Due to Increased Spending on High-Cost Drugs; Reduced Savings from Generics This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A report from the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) indicates that spending by Canadian public drug plans increased by 2% in 2014, reversing a multi-year trend of negative growth. The report attributes the increases to a surge in the use of higher-cost drugs and reduced savings from generic versions of brand-name drugs.

Europe - Avoidable deaths in 2013. One death out of three in the EU could have been avoided in the light of current medical knowledge and technology This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), has published a report showing that 33.7% of total deaths in the EU in 2013 could have been avoided with better access to medical knowledge and technology. Heart attacks accounted for 32% of avoidable deaths, followed by stroke, colorectal cancers, breast cancers, hypertensive diseases and pneumonia.

Upcoming Events

Australia - Emergency Department Management Conference
This conference, supported by the Emergency Care Institute and Discharge Planning Association, showcases innovation and improvement strategies for hospital management, staff and allied health professionals. Presentations by international speakers will look at patient flow, hospital avoidance programs for older people, safety issues, and much more. The conference takes place in Sydney on July 20 and 21, 2016.

Canada - Quality Matters 2016
On October 20, 2016, in Toronto, Health Quality Ontario (HQO) will host its fifth annual interactive conference for patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and system leaders. HQO invites the submission of abstracts that illustrate progress on all six dimensions of quality care: safe, effective, patient-centred, efficient, timely and equitable. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 22, 2016.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Learning from the best: a comparative study of Québec emergency departments This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Apprendre des meilleurs : étude comparative des urgences du Québec The report from the Commissaire à la Santé et au Bien-être documents the performance of Quebec emergency departments and links this performance to practices and processes implemented in emergency departments in order to learn from the best performing hospitals. The report includes an analysis of emergency department data, a review of their practices and processes, and incorporates the results of a consultation session with the Commissioner's Forum.

Canada - The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Released by the Fraser Institute, this paper assesses expected trends in Canadian health care spending to determine if current spending is sustainable into the future. The paper projects spending to grow by 4.6% to 6.3% per annum between 2015 and 2030, and concludes this rate of increase is not sustainable and will require reductions in other government services or higher taxation and debt.

Canada - Improving Access to Canadian Health Care: The Role of Tax Policies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the Conference Board of Canada, this paper assesses Canadian fiscal and tax policies related to health care. It examines their role in providing access to uninsured or underinsured health care services, and their costs in terms of foregone federal revenues. The research concludes it is unclear whether health-related fiscal policies can be leveraged to improve access to health care.

Europe - Voluntary health insurance in Europe: country experience This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the WHO, this 160-page book contains short, structured profiles of markets for voluntary health insurance (VHI) in 34 European countries. Each profile, written by local experts, identifies gaps in publicly financed health coverage, describes the role VHI plays, outlines how the market for VHI operates, summarizes public policy towards VHI, and highlights national debates and challenges.

France - The French health system in transition This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Le système de santé français à l’épreuve des transitions This article, published in the journal Socio, examines the concept of integrated care and services, which help overcome the usual divide between cure and care, and between treatment and support. Its implementation is based on a paradigm shift underway as a result of epidemiologic, demographic, technological and democratic transitions.

UK - New care models and prevention: an integral partnership This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) has been developing new healthcare models, including integrated primary and acute care systems (PACS), multispecialty community providers (MCPs), enhanced care homes, and acute care collaborations. This publication looks at how these models are investing in preventative health and uses five regional primary and community NHS providers in the UK as case study examples.

International - The involvement of medical doctors in hospital governance and implications for quality management: a quick scan in 19 and an in depth study in 7 OECD countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Drawing on the Health Care Quality Indicator program of the OECD, this study looks at doctors in hospital management in 19 OECD countries and examines the phenomenon in more depth in seven OECD countries. It determines that doctor involvement in hospital management is positively associated with the advanced implementation of quality management systems.

International - Health care coverage in OECD countries in 2012 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This paper describes health coverage in the 34 OECD countries. It includes information on health coverage, benefits, cost-sharing requirements and voluntary health insurance. Combining qualitative information collected through a survey of OECD countries, and spending data collected through health accounts for 2012, the paper provides valuable, timely information on OECD healthcare coverage.