Headlines

Canada - Canada’s doctor supply continues to grow faster than the population This hyperlink will open in a new window.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada's doctor supply continues to outpace population growth. Since 2014 Canada's population has increased by 4.6%, whereas physician numbers have grown by 12.5%. In 2018, there were almost 90,000 doctors in Canada, equivalent to 241 physicians per 100,000 people, the highest number per capita ever.

International - WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO is calling for urgent action to reduce patient harm and adverse events in health care. Internationally, four out of every 10 patients are harmed in primary and ambulatory health care. The most detrimental errors are related to diagnosis, prescription and the use of medicines.

International - Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on primary health care to eliminate glaring coverage gaps This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This WHO report warns that countries must close health coverage gaps by investing 1% more of GDP in primary health care. If current trends continue, five billion people will still be unable to access health care in 2030, the United Nations deadline for achieving universal health coverage globally.

International - 7 ways the private sector can contribute to universal health coverage This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This briefing by the World Economic Forum lists seven ways the private sector can help achieve universal health coverage (UHC), ranging from affordable health products and services, to health workforce strengthening and UHC financing. In many countries, health coverage remains inequitable and insufficient.

International - PwC Health Research Institute report shows social determinants of health undermining progress of modern medicine This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report by the health research institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows that adverse impacts related to social determinants of health are raising chronic disease rates around the world and overwhelming healthcare budgets in both wealthy and poor countries. Social determinants of health are social, economic and environmental factors that affect people's health and wellbeing.

Events

Canada - Value-Based Healthcare Canada: Second Annual Summit This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Conference Board of Canada is holding its summit on April 23, 2020, in Toronto. It will include the public launch of Value-based Health Care (VBHC) Canada, a Conference Board of Canada-led initiative that coordinates value-based health care activities across Canada. VBHC seeks to improve long-term patient outcomes and make health systems more sustainable by putting patient interests at the core of health decision-making.

New Zealand - 11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Taking place December 4 to 6, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand, this conference will address health service inequities to improve health system performance. Each concurrent session features a track focusing on indigenous health initiatives, and looks at research in areas such as integrated care, mental health, and primary health care.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Value in Healthcare: Evolution or Revolution? Conference Summary This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This document summarizes the presentations and discussions of a Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) conference held in March 2019 in Vancouver, that concerned policy options for improving value in health care in Canada. The conference aimed to define value in health care, debate frameworks for its measurement, and propose policies to improve value. Presenters included international experts, policy researchers, and national and provincial health system managers.

Canada - Tinkering at the margins: evaluating the pace and direction of primary care reform in Ontario, Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Evaluating primary care reform in Ontario and the extent of change in organization and delivery, this paper focuses on provincial reforms introduced between 2008 and 2018. Assessment of these reform models against 11 primary care core reform dimensions, along with quantitative analysis of family physician participation, demonstrates little substantive change to Ontario's primary care framework over the last decade.

Canada - The Fiscal Health of Canadian Governments This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Canada’s federal and provincial governments are facing slowing growth in tax revenues and rising health costs, both due to the country's aging population. This Conference Board of Canada report develops a long-term outlook for federal and provincial finances based on economic and demographic forecasts, and identifies likely pressure points. It also explores how the fiscal outlook could change under different healthcare spending assumptions.

Canada – Health Care Entrepreneurship. How to Encourage the Deployment of Telemedicine in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
While technology has made it entirely feasible, the use of telemedicine remains limited in Canada, with growth driven mainly by the entrepreneurial sector. This Montreal Economic Institute paper asks why the use of virtual consultations remains so marginal in a country with many rural and remote populations lacking immediate access to health care. It offers 10 recommendations for policymakers to encourage the deployment of telemedicine. 

Europe - Healthy, prosperous lives for all: the European Health Equity Status Report This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the WHO, this report identifies the social, economic, and healthcare conditions needed to create and sustain health equity, and considers drivers of health equity such as policy coherence, accountability, social participation and empowerment. It provides evidence of the indicators driving health inequities in each of Europe's 53 countries, along with solutions for reducing them.

Europe - Financing Health Promoting Services - An Information Guide This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health promoting services are activities organised by a public service that go beyond a focus on behaviour towards a wide range of social, economic, environmental, and commercial determinants of health. This document explores the financing of health promoting services in Europe. It highlights how to overcome funding gaps by providing concrete examples of how investment can be mobilized.

UK - Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Workforce challenges in the National Health Service (NHS) pose a substantial threat to the delivery and quality of health care in the UK over the next 10 years. This report proposes a plan to address the crisis by increasing staff numbers (particularly nurses and general practitioners) through training and recruitment; raising pay rates; promoting multidisciplinary medical teams; and increasing workplace efficiencies.

USA - Course Corrections: How Health Care Innovators Learn from Setbacks to Achieve Success This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Setbacks and outright failures are inherent to innovation and provide an opportunity for healthcare leaders to learn as they design new care models. Based on interviews with innovators, this report shares methods used to develop care models and overcome obstacles during implementation, as well as lessons from failures. It finds that many healthcare organizations have not developed the discipline to learn from setbacks.

International - Towards universal social protection. Lessons from the universal health coverage initiative This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Universal social protection (USP) is becoming a high priority in many developing countries. This study reviews a wide range of recent country experiences with universal health coverage (UHC) financing and implementation in order to draw lessons and help governments elaborate policies for USP. It concludes with some key takeaways from UHC implementation and their implications for USP.

International - A Vision for the Future: Transforming Health Systems This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the World Economic Forum, this paper addresses the need for health systems to be reoriented to meet population needs in the 21st century. It advocates developing a fit-for-purpose health workforce, implementing cost-effective technologies and operationalizing innovative service delivery arrangements. The analysis focuses on barriers, opportunities, risks and missing competencies. The paper concludes with reflections on today's global health architecture.