Headlines

Australia - National cancer screening programs reduce the risk of death from breast, cervical and bowel cancer This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that people with cancer detected through national cancer screening programs have much better survival outcomes than patients who were not screened. Screening lowered the risk of dying by 87% in cervical cancer, 42% in breast cancer, and 40% in bowel cancer.

Canada - Pharmacare consensus principles This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A coalition of 31 Canadian organizations and unions representing healthcare providers, non-profit groups, workers, seniors, patients and academics issued a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of national pharmacare in Canada. The five principles agreed on are universality, public single-payer administration, accessibility, comprehensiveness and portability.

International - WHO launches first investment case to save up to 30 million lives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO has launched its first investment case. The financial document lays out how an investment of $14.1 billion could help the WHO save up to 30 million lives and add up to 4% to economic growth in low and middle-income countries by 2023. Ambitious targets are set for savings and efficiencies. 

International - A child under 15 dies every 5 seconds around the world This hyperlink will open in a new window.
An estimated 6.3 million children under age 15 died in 2017, one every five seconds, according to new mortality rates released by the WHO. Dying mainly of preventable causes, the vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first five years of life, with newborns accounting for almost half.

Upcoming Events

Denmark - 4th Transforming Care Conference
Entitled "Changing priorities: The making of care policy and priorities", this conference focuses on the structuring and distribution of social care for children, frail older people and adults with disability. Priority setting can create hierarchies and competition between policy fields and user groups, especially during times of austerity. This conference explores how priorities are made and maintained along with dilemmas that arise in the process. It takes place in Copenhagen from June 24 to 26, 2019.

Spain - 19th Conference on Integrated Care
The conference takes place in San Sebastian, Spain, from April 1 to 3, 2019. It 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. The theme this year is "Evaluating and implementing models of integrated people-centred services".

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Australia's health 2018 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released its 16th biennial report on health and health care in Australia. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots, and also summarizes the performance of the health system against a set of indicators. Findings are drawn from a wide range of data sources.

Canada - One province, one healthcare system: A decade of healthcare transformation in Alberta This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Nearly a decade has passed since Alberta folded nine regional health authorities and three government agencies into one province-wide health system, Alberta Health Services (AHS). This article highlights specific examples of how AHS is strengthening partnerships, standardizing best practices, and driving innovation. It also shows how province-wide integration is being leveraged to change workplace culture, enhance patient safety and find operational efficiencies.

Europe - 20 Years of Health System Reforms in Europe: What’s New? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Appearing in the periodical Eurohealth, this article looks at the changing agenda of heath reform in Europe over the last two decades. While reforms implemented 20 years ago focused on improving efficiency, more recent reforms have concentrated on improving quality, strengthening primary care services, and promoting integrated care. Examples are given of this shift with regard to payment mechanisms, primary care, and hospitals.

Europe - How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This WHO policy note reviews frameworks and factors supporting the successful introduction of innovation in health service organization and delivery. It illustrates these factors using examples of service innovations in European countries and describes the successful implementation, sustainability and spread of innovation in terms of health outcomes, administrative efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and user experience.

Europe - Making the economic case for investing in health systems. What is the evidence that health systems advance economic and fiscal objectives? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Intended to counter the idea that the expense of public health systems hinders the achievement of other governmental fiscal objectives, this WHO briefing argues instead that health systems play an increasingly important role in national economies. The authors marshal evidence from a wide variety of sources, including the financial sector, to support health system policy-makers engaged in governmental debates about public spending.

Europe - European health report 2018 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the WHO, the 2018 edition of the European Health Report gives a snapshot of health across Europe as the continent progresses towards the goals of the WHO-mandated Health 2020 Program to ensure health and wellbeing for all. The report shows progress towards the goals of Health 2020, covers current European health policy, and examines health inequalities and areas of concern.

UK - A year of integrated care systems. Reviewing the journey so far This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) in England created 10 pilot integrated care systems (ICSs) in partnership with local governments. This study examines the development of the different ICSs to identify lessons for local systems and national policymakers. It finds that much of the work of ICSs to date has involved establishing governance, leadership and staffing, as well as engaging with stakeholders in local communities.

UK - The spread challenge. How to support the successful uptake of innovations and improvements in health care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report looks at the uptake of innovation in the healthcare sector and what it calls the ‘replicability problem,’ the challenge of replicating in one place the impact of a new intervention achieved in another. The report’s central argument is that successfully spreading complex healthcare interventions requires working with adopters as much as innovators, as the former make crucial contributions to the successful spread of new ideas.

International - Cyclical vs structural effects on health care expenditure trends in OECD countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Authors of this paper explore common trends in health care expenditure since 1996 in a set of 22 OECD countries. They assess the extent to which the trends observed are the results of cyclical economic influences, and the respective contributions of changes in relative prices, health care volumes and coverage to the slowdown in health care expenditure growth. The analysis suggests that cyclical factors may account for a little less than one half of the estimated slowdown in health care spending since the crisis, suggesting that structural changes have contributed to the trends.