Canada - National Leading Health and Education Organizations Calling for Improved Access to Rural Health Care Close to Home as a Priority for Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Canadians who live in rural and remote communities do not always have equitable access to health care. The College of Family Physicians of Canada and Society of Rural Physicians of Canada are now calling for politicians and voters to make rural access to health care a priority.

Canada - New CMA report reveal the increasing impact of workplace issues on physicians' health and wellness This hyperlink will open in a new window.
According to new research by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), inefficient workplace practices, poor work-life balance, and working while ill are key drivers of burnout among Canada's 90,000 physicians. Nearly one in three physicians reported high levels of burnout in a CMA survey released in 2018.

Canada - Health professionals express concerns over rates of youth hospitalizations due to substance use This hyperlink will open in a new window.
An analysis by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has found that growing numbers of Canadians under age 24 are being hospitalized for abuse of opioids, alcohol, cannabis and other substances. The analysis found that in 2018 one in 20 hospital stays among youth in Canada were related to harmful substance abuse.

UK - Health infrastructure plan This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK government and National Health Service (NHS) have announced the biggest hospital building program in a generation. The government has given the green light to more than 40 new hospital projects across the country. Six projects will begin immediately, with another 30 hospitals to be constructed over the next decade.

International - Tackling obesity would boost economic and social well-being This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A report on tackling obesity has found that regulating unhealthy foods could boost economic and social wellbeing in the 36 countries of the OECD. Obesity-related diseases lower life expectancy in OECD countries by nearly three years and reduce gross domestic product (GDP) by an average 3.3%.


Canada - Private Parts? Finding the Balance of Public and Private in Health Care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The conference of the Centre for Health Services Policy and Research takes place on March 5 and 6, 2020, in Vancouver. It looks at the debate over private financing of health care in Canada, major court battles in Quebec, Alberta and BC, and the views on private financing heard in discussion around National Pharmacare.

Canada - First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) 9th Annual National Conference This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Increasing capacity to First Nations Health Managers is key to contributing to health service delivery at the community level. This conference will explore initiatives in First Nations communities across Canada and explore policies needed to promote progress in health and wellbeing. It takes place November 5 to 7 2019, in Montreal.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Primary care renewal strategies in Manitoba. Family physicians’ perceptions This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This qualitative study examined family physician perceptions of Manitoba’s strategies for primary care renewal (PCR). Interviews were conducted with 60 family doctors in urban and rural settings. Many physicians were hesitant to participate in PCR initiatives, perceiving clear risks but uncertain benefits to patients and providers. A majority preferred reforms that focused on tailored, clinic-level support to address concrete, physician-identified problems.

Europe - Improving healthcare quality in Europe. Characteristics, effectiveness and implementation of different strategies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Aimed at European policymakers, this 419-page book published by the WHO provides an overall conceptual framework for understanding and applying strategies to improve quality of care. It summarizes evidence on quality strategies and governance models in use across Europe, situates quality in the wider context of health systems research, and provides recommendations for implementation at system, network and institutional levels.

Europe - A healthy dose of disruption? Transformative change for health and societal well-being This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This special autumn issue of Eurohealth focuses on different topics such as disruptive health innovation, the economy of wellbeing, communities against health inequalities, and the global climate crisis as a public health emergency. The issue concludes with an interview with the European Commissioner for Health.

Europe - Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policies but were afraid to ask This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Now available in a revised second edition, this 200-page book is an analysis of European Union (EU) health policies from the EU's founding until mid-2019. It says three things have always directed EU health policy: internal market-building policies, explicit health policies, and fiscal governance. Each has different political, legal, policy and health effects, which are discussed at length in the book.

Finland - Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series: Finland 2019 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Highlighting Finland’s health system reform and policy process, this review takes stock of recent changes to the Finnish system. While population health has improved, health inequalities persist and local governments vary in their ability to deliver health services within the highly decentralized system. Matching service provision to population needs remains challenging. There is broad consensus that greater centralization should be the goal of further reforms.

International - Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role in Primary Care Settings: A Scoping Review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) are increasingly being appointed to take on activities and roles traditionally performed by doctors. This review of 54 studies identifies and synthesizes factors that hinder or support ANP roles in primary care settings. Findings show that ANPs are diverse, and work with different patient groups. ANP participants in studies cited team factors as an important barrier or facilitator in role expansion.

International - Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2019 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by Canada's Fraser Institute, this study uses a value for money approach to compare the cost and performance of 28 universal healthcare systems. Level of expenditure is measured using two indicators, while performance is measured using indicators in four categories: availability, use, accessibility of resources, and quality and clinical performance. The study focuses on reasons for Canada's poor ranking compared to international peers.

International - Health for Everyone? Social Inequalities in Health and Health Systems This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report documents a range of inequalities in health and health systems that affect disadvantaged population groups in member countries of the OECD. It assesses the gaps in health outcomes and risk factors between socio-economic groups; measures inequalities in healthcare utilization, unmet needs and affordability; and identifies countries that display high, intermediate, and low levels of inequality.

International - The unpredictable journeys of spreading, sustaining and scaling healthcare innovations: a scoping review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Interest is growing in the spread, sustainability and scale-up (3S) of innovation. This scoping review of 24 papers focuses on definitions of 3S, the mechanisms that underpin them, and the conditions that either enable or limit their potential. While there is no standardized approach to foster the 3S of healthcare innovations, a variety of practical frameworks and tools exist to support stakeholders.