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Canada - New survey shows majority of Canadians support the federal government “topping up” health care funding of provinces and territories with older populations This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Nearly 74% of Canadians responding to a July 2016 poll for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) agreed that the federal government should provide extra funding to provinces and territories for the health care of elderly citizens. Respondents felt additional funding should be based on the proportion of older people in a province or territory.

Canada - More doctors, but average payments to physicians virtually unchanged This hyperlink will open in a new window.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the number of physicians in Canada increased to more than 82,000 in 2015 (228 doctors per 100,000 population). Annual average gross clinical pay remained virtually unchanged at $339,000. The province of Alberta recorded the highest payments, and Nova Scotia the lowest.

Sweden - Vision for eHealth 2025 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sweden’s national, regional and local governments have endorsed a countrywide eHealth strategy to make the Scandinavian nation a world leader in the digitization of health care and social services by 2025. The integrated vision for eHealth will promote accessible, equitable digital health and social care that prioritizes quality, efficiency, and privacy.

UK - NHS England offers Trusts over £100 million funding pot to set up centres of global digital excellence This hyperlink will open in a new window.
England’s National Health Service (NHS) is inviting its regional and service governance and funding bodies (known as trusts) to apply for £100 million in funding ($170 million Cdn) to become centres of global digital excellence. Twenty-six acute care trusts, already advanced in their use of technology in hospitals, have applied to date.

UK - Childhood obesity: a plan for action This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The UK government has announced an action plan to reduce childhood obesity that will impose a tax on the sugary drinks industry and require reducing the sugar content by 20% in all confectionaries, candies and sweetened foodstuffs. Other provisions include clearer food labeling, guidelines for healthier school cafeteria meals, and increased physical activity at school.

Upcoming Events

France - 3rd IRDES Workshop on Applied Health Economics and Policy Evaluation
The Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) is offering this workshop in Paris on June 22 and 23, 2017. It will emphasize public policy analysis and evaluation. A call for papers will be issued on September 16, 2016, with a deadline of January 16 for submissions.

France - High-level conference on working together for better health and well-being
Hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of France, this conference aims to strengthen intersectoral cooperation between the health, education and social sectors in the WHO European Region, for better, more equal health and social outcomes for children and adolescents and their families. It takes place December 7 and 8, 2016, in Paris.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Performance of an integrated network model. Evaluation of the first 4 years This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Conducted by Université de Montréal researchers, this study evaluated changes in accessibility, care experiences, and quality-of-care indicators after a Québec clinic moved to a fully integrated network model. Increases in accessibility were seen after the transition, while improvements in biologic data suggested better quality of care. Patient satisfaction remained high throughout the four-year study.

Canada - Measuring and improving quality in university hospitals in Canada: The Collaborative for Excellence in Healthcare Quality This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, this article describes a 2010-2015 initiative to achieve a higher quality of patient care in Canada’s university hospitals. The bottom-up initiative was successful in engaging healthcare leaders in developing a framework and set of performance measures for reporting and benchmarking.

China - The Structure and Effectiveness of Health Systems: Exploring the Impact of System Integration in Rural China This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Using questionnaires, interviews and health ¬insurance records, this paper employs social network analysis to evaluate health system integration in two rural counties in China’s Qinghai province. The paper finds that certain aspects of system integration remain incomplete in both counties, although information-sharing networks have been developed.

The Netherlands - Stuck in the middle?: A perspective on ongoing pro-competitive reforms in Dutch mental health care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Dutch mental health care has been under reform since competition was introduced in 2008. As the sector has no accepted quality indicators, insurers and municipalities now contract providers in negotiations based on price, which may negatively affect quality. This article criticizes the current reliance on what it calls the worst aspects of both pre- and post-reform systems.

UK - Future of health and healthcare provision in cities This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Commissioned as part of the UK government’s Future of Cities project, this report explores future trends in urban health and healthcare provision. It describes the complex relationship between health and the built environment, delves into the history of healthcare provision in British cities over the past 50 years, and lays out best- and worst-case scenarios for urban health care over the next three decades.

UK - Demand Management Good Practice Guide This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Developed by the National Health Service (NHS), this guide provides a list of actions that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) should implement locally to manage demand for elective care services and reduce unnecessary outpatient appointments. The guide is an online document that will be periodically updated to reflect best practices.

USA - Improving the Health Care System: Seven State Strategies This hyperlink will open in a new window.
State legislatures play an important role in cutting healthcare waste and improving health systems. This briefing note from the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) describes healthcare improvement strategies showing results in Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The state strategies highlight new payment models, patient-centred integrated care, reliance on data, and investments in prevention and safety.

USA - Health System Performance for the High-Need Patient: A Look at Access to Care and Patient Care Experiences This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study analyzes data from the 2009–2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to compare the healthcare experiences of high-need adults with those of other adults. The study finds that adults with three or more chronic diseases reported unmet medical needs most often and were less likely to experience good patient–provider communication. Privately insured high-need adults reported the greatest difficulties in having their needs met.

International - Universal health coverage: moving towards better health. Action framework for the Western Pacific Region This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by the WHO for countries of the Western Pacific Region, this framework supports national road maps for universal health coverage. The framework prioritizes 15 relevant planning domains, which it categorizes using five attributes of high-performance health systems: quality, efficiency, equity, accountability, and sustainability and resilience.