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This blog series is a roundup of recent news items and developments that I found interesting and would like to share.

Price and outcomes transparency are both essential to allowing patients, providers, and payers to determine the value of healthcare services. The American Medical Association has issued a policy favoring price transparency. Putting Price Transparency Into Practice

Rifat Atun, of the Harvard School of Public, addresses the asymmetry between the health needs of the United Kingdom and the current organization of health services. He proposes an integrated health service delivery system. He proposes a system led from the bottom, that is to say, community health workers, not tertiary hospitals. The National Health Service: Value for Money, Value for Many

David Blumenthal, of the Commonwealth Fund, and William Hsiao, of the Harvard School of Public Health, present a brief overview of the history and current status of the healthcare system of China in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. They draw some lessons for other countries. Lessons from the East — China’s Rapidly Evolving Healthcare System

Care and treatment of diabetes in a growing challenge for countries, rich and poor alike. The Brookings Institution hosted an event on disruptive innovation in diabetes care on April 7. Lessons in Diabetes Care from Spain, India, Mexico, and the US

Online access to health services is limited in rural communities. Broadband connectivity is one way to address this issue. Here, a Health Affairs blog addresses broadband connectivity in the US context. Closing The Rural Health Connectivity Gap: How Broadband Funding Can Better Improve Care

Carissa Etienne argues in a Lancet editorial that achieving universal healthcare coverage is a moral imperative. She believes that Latin American countries might lead the way. Achieving Universal Health Coverage is a Moral Imperative

An active collaboration exists between Africa and China on health. Please see a summary of a recent conference held in Beijing between Chinese and Africans. “The roundtable endorsed the Beijing Policy Recommendations 2015 — calling for collaboration to reflect local country priorities, enhanced production and access to new health commodities, increased accountability, and investments in research, development, and health financing. The recommendations will inform the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation later this year.” China-Africa Health Collaboration

Latin America as a whole adopts a rights based approach to universal healthcare coverage. It remains to be seen whether a rights based approach is appropriate, or even well received, in other countries. Human Rights Based Approaches to Health in Latin America

Health Protection as a Citizen’s Right

Conditional Cash Transfers and Health in Latin America

The Right to Health: What Model for Latin America?

Health outcomes are correlated with social determinants. Here, the authors present several examples to demonstrate positive results on specific health outcomes of integrated programs that include social determinants. This article is part of the Lancet series on healthcare in Latin America. Social Determinants of Health, Universal Health Coverage, and Sustainable Development: Case Studies from Latin American Countries

In this article, Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and former Health Minister of Mexico, outlines ten action items countries should pursue in their efforts to reach universal healthcare coverage. Although derived from his experience in Latin America, I believe they are broadly applicable. Leading the Way Toward Universal Health Coverage: A Call to Action

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

This is a report from Sweden on progress toward a bottom up approach to health services priority setting. According to the report, such priority setting is difficult to implement. Bottom Up Priority Setting Revised. A Second Evaluation of an Institutional Intervention in a Swedish Healthcare Organization


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