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  • 20-February-2017

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    Measuring health coverage

    OECD governments have to decide whether they want to cover more services at a limited reimbursement rate, or whether they want to extend more the financial protection for a limited number of services.

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  • 15-February-2017

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    Sustained reforms are essential to reinforcing inclusive growth in Italy

    Italy is slowly emerging from a deep and lengthy recession, helped by a range of structural reforms – such as the Jobs Act – and accommodative monetary and fiscal policies, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 15-February-2017

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    Graph of the Month

    The OECD Health Division is releasing a new series to highlight its work on health policies and data. A new graph will be available each month.

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  • 1-February-2017

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    Caring for Quality in Health - Lessons Learnt from 15 Reviews of Health Care Quality

    Over the past four years, the OECD has conducted a series of in-depth reviews of the policies and institutions that underpin the measurement and improvement of health care quality in 15 different health systems. This synthesis report draws on key lessons from the OECD Health Care Quality Review series. The objective is to summarise the main challenges and good practices to support improvements in health care quality, and to help ensure that the substantial resources devoted to health are being used effectively in supporting people to live healthier lives. The overarching conclusion emerging across the Health Care Quality Review series concerns transparency. Governments should encourage, and where appropriate require, health systems and health care providers to be open about the effectiveness, safety and patient-centredness of care they provide. More measures of patient outcomes are needed (especially those reported by patients themselves), and these should underpin standards, guidelines, incentives and innovations in service delivery. Greater transparency can lead to optimisation of both quality and efficiency – twin objectives which reinforce, rather than subvert, each other. In practical terms, greater transparency and better performance can be supported by changes in where and how care is delivered; changes in the roles of patients and professionals; and employing tools such as data and incentives more effectively. Key actions in these three areas are set out in the twelve lessons presented in this synthesis report.

  • 17-January-2017

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    OECD Health Ministerial Statement 2017

    OECD Health Ministers meeting in Paris have underlined their commitment to tackling important challenges facing health systems around the world. E.g. improving the delivery of high-quality care for all; addressing how to pay for effective health technologies; measuring health system performance on the basis of what it delivers to people, as well as making better use of health data; and making health systems more people-centred.

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  • 17-January-2017

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    2017 Health Ministerial Meeting: The Next Generation of Health Reforms - closing remarks

    Developing knowledge-driven health systems will depend on our ability to use health data more effectively. The OECD is leading the way on managing the potential of health data to improve clinical practice, research, health system management and surveillance. The Council Recommendation on Health Data Governance that you released today reflects international consensus on a set of guiding conditions to achieve these important public goals.

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  • 17-January-2017

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    2017 Health Ministerial Meeting: The Next Generation of Health Reforms - opening remarks

    Good health is the foundation for well-being, for labour-markets, and for inclusive societies. We cannot afford to get health policy wrong. The lives of citizens depend on it. To build the health systems of tomorrow, the hard work must start today. Together, we can build the evidence, identify the best practices, and set the vision that we need for stronger health systems, better health policies, and better, healthier, lives.

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  • 16-January-2017

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    Policy Forum on the Future of Health

    This High-Level Forum will be held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 16 January 2017. Issues include: Harnessing digital technology and data to create proactive, people-centred systems; Overcoming technical, institutional and cultural challenges; Caring for people with complex needs; The importance of measuring what matters to people and to patients, and The role of international and cross-sector collaboration.

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  • 16-January-2017

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    New approach needed to tackle rising drug prices

    The proliferation of high-cost medicines and rising drug prices are increasing pressures on public health spending and calling into question the pharmaceutical industry’s pricing strategies.

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  • 16-January-2017

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    People at the Centre: The Future of Health - opening remarks at 2017 OECD High-Level Policy Forum

    People-centeredness means treating people, patients, their loved ones, carers and others with compassion, dignity and respect. It means involving them in decision-making about their health and their care. It means doing things ‘with’ people, not ‘to’ them. It means involving people in system design and in policy making.

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