Health Care Systems

Adrian Towse presented at the Monash Malaysia Health Economics Forum 2019 on three related topics: health system financing in Malaysia; pharmaceutical price regulation and competition in Malaysia; and the potential for using real world evidence to improve the efficiency of the Malaysian health system.

OHE has been awarded a 3-year research grant by the Health Foundation’s Efficiency Research Programme to define an accurate measure of labour productivity in primary care and to identify its determinants, including workforce skill mix, technology and patient characteristics.

The Trump Administration proposed an International Pricing Index for reimbursing physician-administered Medicare drugs. A conservative thought leader proposed a different basket of 'market-oriented' countries. These differ markedly from the U.S. Their governments have a central role in medicines purchase, in contrast to U.S. reliance on private markets.

A new OHE Consulting Report describes the current status of real-world data in Japan, including core legislation and governance arrangements. The authors sought to understand how real-world data is accessed or generated and used to produce or generate real-world evidence, and to see whether use is aligned with international standards.

OHE Lunchtime Seminar with Rafael Bengoa and David Hunter, 14th October 2019. The seminar will discuss policy-level enablers and barriers for implementing large-scale health systems reforms.

A new paper by OHE and Health Education England on the value of international volunteers’ experience to the NHS has been published in Globalization and Heath.

‘Cascades of care’ have emerged as an attractive tool for assessing access to care for numerous chronic diseases. Dr Haacker will examine the use of cascades of care across diseases and populations, evaluate the use of cross-sectional targets in disease control strategies (e.g., the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets), and address implications for cost-effectiveness analysis.

The combination of rising drug costs in the US and increasing financial stress for individual patients has triggered intense national concern. One target has come under particular scrutiny: rebates. A new report published by ICER and the OHE describes how alternatives to the current rebate system offer potential disadvantages as well as potential benefits. It outlines evidence presented to date and key questions that still need to be answered.

Research just published in Public Administration Review, co-authored by OHE’s Professor Graham Cookson, demonstrates that contracting out auxiliary public services may lower the quality of the core service as well as the auxiliary service. Studying NHS cleaning services, the research shows that contracted out cleaning is cheaper but lower quality and leads to worse health outcomes including higher rates of hospital-acquired infections.

Bernarda Zamora delivered a pro bono lecture to professionals from diverse countries enrolled at the Professional Certificate in Strategic Planning organised by the International Centre of Parliamentary Studies.

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