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  • 11-June-2019

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    Dementia

    Dementia is a devastating condition for the people affected, their family and friends, and for health systems. Through its global reach and ability to bring together government and non-government perspectives, OECD is in a unique position to face up to the challenge.

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  • 11-June-2019

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    Addressing Problematic Opioid Use in OECD Countries

    Over the past few years, Canada and the United States have been experiencing an opioid crisis as a result of problematic opioid use fueled by the emergence of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil. Problematic opioid use is also spreading in other OECD countries, due to the upward trend of prescription opioid use and the complexities of the illegal drug supply. This report presents evidence on the magnitude of problematic opioid use across OECD countries, describes the main drivers, and identifies a set of policy actions to address them. The report highlights the opioid crisis as a complex public health issue that requires a comprehensive approach across all sectors, including health, social services, and law enforcement. Strong health information systems are also needed, particularly data and research. Preventing problematic opioid use requires a combination of policies that ensure more information is provided to patients and health care practitioners, while providing access to appropriate pain management treatment for patients. A public health approach to problematic opioid use must incorporate socio-economic considerations (e.g. employment and housing), which also need to be addressed to prevent problematic substance use in general.
  • 17-May-2019

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    G7 Health Ministerial meetings

    The OECD is actively involved in the G7 Health Ministers meetings. This page reviews the issues discussed as well as the reports prepared by the OECD to inform those meetings.

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  • 17-May-2019

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    Primary Care

    Strengthening primary care, and getting greater value out of this sector, is a priority for all OECD health systems. The OECD Health Division has an ongoing programme of work to support countries in strengthening primary care systems that can meet the needs of their populations now and in the future.

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  • 16-May-2019

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    Opioids

    Opioids use has dramatically increased in some OECD countries, both of prescribed and illicit opioids. This has led to a sharp upsurge in addiction and overdose deaths, with serious social and economic consequences. The OECD is analysing the opioids epidemic and exploring several policy strategies that can help countries to address the issue.

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  • 30-April-2019

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    Pharmaceuticals

    Pharmaceuticals have contributed to improvements in life expectancy and quality of life of many patients. Medicines can cure, relieve symptoms, delay the onset of disease and prevent complications. They often offer good value for money. However, recent trends raise a number of concerns.

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  • 30-April-2019

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    Addressing the challenges of access to medicines

    Exploring further policy options suggested in the report Pharmaceutical Innovation and access to medicines (forthcoming), the OECD has undertaken, with financial support from the European Commission, several projects to further identify avenues to increase pharmaceutical expenditure efficiency and better prepare to changes in the market.

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  • 26-April-2019

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    OECD Mental Health Performance Framework - Brochure (April 2019)

    In 2017, OECD Health Ministers called on the OECD to address gaps in knowledge and understanding by benchmarking mental health performance. Created by a diverse international group of mental health experts, the OECD Mental Health Performance Framework sets out what constitutes good mental health performance, and is a starting point for understanding, measuring and assessing mental health performance.

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  • 1-April-2019

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    Health in the media

    Learn about the latest interviews, articles and media interventions from the OECD Health Division staff.

  • 13-March-2019

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    Long-term care workforce: caring for the ageing population with dignity

    The OECD examines barriers to and policy options for promoting a stronger LTC workforce. Some of the themes analysed include education and training, recruitment and retention, productivity and use of technology, coordination between social and health workers, and coordination between formal and informal workers.

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