Australia - Continued slow growth in health spending This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports that Australia’s spending on health rose slowly in 2014 after similar low growth the previous year. The study shows that $154.6 billion was spent on health goods and services in 2014, up 3.1% from 2013.

France - Passage of a Bill on societal adapation to an aging population This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This Bill was adopted on September 16 by the National Assembly in France. It recognizes the status of "natural caregiver" and institutes a right to respite. It also anticipates increasing the personalized autonomy benefit (Allocation Personnalisée d’Autonomie).

UK - International Longevity Centre - UK investigates cancer’s cost to the UK economy This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report released by the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) quantifies the cost of cancer to the British economy. The report presents research on the economic and societal impact of the disease in the UK. Over 50,000 people lose their lives to cancer annually in Britain at a cost to the economy of £585 million ($1.19 billion Cdn).

International - Healthcare costs unsustainable in advanced economies without reform This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The OECD finds in this report that most OECD countries regularly go over budget on health care. It cautions that funding future medical advances will be difficult without major reforms that will require health and finance ministries to work together. The OECD expects spending to increase from an average 6% of GDP today to 9% of GDP by 2030.

International - Universal health coverage programs that cover one-third of the world are transforming care for the poorest and most vulnerable: new World Bank Group report This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the World Bank Group was released at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015. It shows that more countries around the world are rolling out universal health coverage programs designed to expand access to health care and reduce the number of people impoverished by paying for the health care they need. The report looks at how policy makers in 24 countries are tackling five key challenges: covering people, expanding benefits, managing money, improving the supply of health care services and strengthening accountability.

Upcoming Events

Canada - Interorganizational collaboration in the field of health and social services
With experts from Canada, France, Norway and the United States, the objective of this international conference is to share what has been learned about the emergence, development and functioning of hybrid networks made up of professionals from different sectors. The event takes place on November 6, 2015, in Montreal.

Spain - 16th International Conference on Integrated Care
This conference will be held in Barcelona from May 23 to 25, 2016. Entitled "A Movement for Change: Enabling People-Centred and Integrated Health and Social Care", the conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Healthcare in Focus 2014: How does NSW compare? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Prepared by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), this report compares the performance of the healthcare system in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) with the other six Australian states and 10 countries including Canada. Using patient survey data and 120 performance measures, the report finds that performance in NSW is ahead of other parts of Australia and is in the middle of the pack internationally.

Canada - Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report published by Health Quality Ontario presents the collective work of the National Patient Safety Consortium to identify, for the first time, a list of 15 never events for hospital care in Canada. Never events are patient safety incidents that result in serious patient harm or death and that are preventable using organizational checks and balances.

Europe - The European health report 2015 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the WHO, this report documents improvements in health throughout Europe and decreases in health inequalities between European countries, notably in life expectancy and infant mortality. However, absolute differences between countries remain large, especially for indicators linked to the social determinants of health. Europe has the world’s highest rates of alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking.

UK - Creating a Sustainable 21st Century Healthcare System This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK), this report showcases international examples of health system innovation that could potentially save lives and money in the UK. The report suggests that a sustained focus on innovation and prevention that empowers health consumers while maximizing the potential of big data will deliver significant healthcare savings over the long term.

UK - NHS maximum waiting times and patient choice policies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Developed by British parliamentary researchers, this briefing describes National Health Service (NHS) waiting time standards and patient choice policies in England. As set out in the NHS Constitution, patients have a right to a maximum 18 week waiting time from referral to consultant-led treatment, and to be seen by a cancer specialist within a maximum of two weeks from GP referral for urgent referrals where cancer is suspected.

UK - The NHS atlas of variation in healthcare: reducing unwarranted variation to increase value and improve quality This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The National Health Service (NHS) Atlas of Variation in Healthcare identifies unwarranted geographical, population, institutional and specialist variations in British healthcare services. Utilizing over 100 indicators and performance measures, the atlas is a key resource to help the NHS identify waste and release resources for higher-value interventions.

Norway - Lost in translation: a case-study of the travel of lean thinking in a hospital This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Lean thinking is a systematic quality improvement approach to identify and eliminate non-value-adding activities in work processes. This study of Lean techniques in a Norwegian hospital finds that Lean concepts are so culturally complex, site-specific and context-dependent that local translations (even within different hospital departments) affect the analysis of evidence, as well as the success of Lean initiatives within and among hospitals.

USA - Making Open Innovation Ecosystems Work: Case Studies in Healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report addresses the use of ‘open innovation’ approaches in health care, especially the adoption of external ideas to direct internal innovation to consumers. The approach is studied using two case studies analyzing technological ecosystems built around the introduction of new electronic health record software. The authors identify best practices, including transparency and the minimization of bureaucracy.

New Zealand - More effective social services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In June 2014, the Productivity Commission was asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. This final report was released in September 2015 and makes 34 recommendations on ways to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and innovative.

International – World report on ageing and health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
With advances in medicine helping more people to live longer lives, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and will require radical societal change, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization. The Report highlights 3 key areas for action which will require a fundamental shift in the way society thinks about ageing and older people.