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  • 12-June-2014

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    Pricing and Competition in Specialist Medical Services

    The pricing of specialist and hospital services is a contentious issue in South Africa. To help inform domestic debates, the OECD Secretariat has produced a paper profiling international experiences on the pricing of specialist medical services services, competition policy and models of buying services from the private sector.

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  • 27-May-2014

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    More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

    Most people in OECD countries are overweight or obese. The social and economic consequences of this epidemic are dramatic, exposing an increasing number of people to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

  • 21-May-2014

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    Norway should strengthen primary care to address evolving healthcare needs, says OECD

    Improving primary care systems and co-ordination between health services would help Norway meet the changing needs of its healthcare system, as the population ages and hospital stays become shorter, according to a new OECD report.

  • 21-May-2014

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    Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

    Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

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  • 20-March-2014

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    Unleashing the Power of Big Data for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Research

    More than 35 million people worldwide had dementia in 2010 and this number is expected to exceed 115 million by 2050. This paper reports on the opportunities offered by the informatics revolution and big data to address Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. This will require careful planning and multi-stakeholder collaboration as technical, administrative, regulatory, infrastructure and financial obstacles emerge.

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  • 10-February-2014

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    UK needs to tackle high cost of mental-ill health, says OECD

    Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.

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  • 10-February-2014

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    UK needs to tackle high cost of mental-ill health, says OECD

    Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.

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  • 28-January-2014

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    Workshop on Integrating Omics and Policy for Healthy Ageing: Synthesis Report

    An ageing population brings new challenges both to healthcare systems and to medicine in terms of the increased manifestation of specific diseases primarily seen in the elderly. Biomedical innovation, and in particular research into "omics technologies", offers the promise of new means of detection, prevention and treatment of age-related disabilities and diseases.

  • 23-January-2014

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    Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says OECD

    Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 12-December-2013

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    Sweden has excellent health care but must improve care co-ordination, says OECD

    Sweden’s health and elderly care systems deserve their reputation as being among the best in the world. Yet an ageing population with growing chronic conditions and requiring more complex health services are testing Sweden’s ability to continue delivering high-quality care, according to a new OECD report.

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