Euro-Sante :: Euro-Health

Continuing with my thoughts today on excess costs (last post was on medicines waste), I thought I think about excess hospitalisation, another type of waste. Excess risk of hospitalisation is calculated as the difference between observed hospitalisation (for a condition) and expected population rates. What are the determinants of excess hospitalisation? Excess hospitalisation can be… » read more

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In these days of trying to better understand the determinants of rising healthcare expenditure, it is productive to look in the waste bin, to see what is being thrown away. Let’s look in the waste bin and see what medicines we find. Medicines waste is medicines given to patients that they do not take. But… » read more

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Just about every country has identified life sciences in some form or other as a priority for academic and commercial development. But what will characterise the countries that may in the end prevail? The research community needs a high degree of autonomy. The European University Association released an interesting study, University Autonomy in Europe II:… » read more

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There is a clutch of small states within the European Union. There are many more small states outside the EU. Much can be learned from them, as at least within the EU, some seem more robustly managed and economic productive than their larger debt-laden counterparts. Healthcare systems are often seen as requiring some degree of… » read more

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One of the real issues facing EU members, particularly those that are having trouble paying their healthcare bills from suppliers, is the way that medicines are priced. The issue of drug pricing is likely to become even more important internationally as the UK pricing system will move to ‘value-based pricing’ in a year when the… » read more

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A recently released report from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has produced a retrospective on what over 40 European countries did in response to the financial crisis, triggered in 2007. The report “Health policy responses to the financial crisis in Europe” (by Mladovsky, Srivastava, Cylus, Karanikolos, Evetovits, Thomson, McKee) is here. The… » read more

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Euractiv has reported on Commissioner Dalli’s comments that the Euro-zone crisis should not turn into a public health crisis. He added: “difficult times can indeed provide an incentive to think creatively and push forward in-depth reforms and contain costs, while building modern, responsive, and sustainable health systems fit for the future.” I agree, yet despair.… » read more

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In this Age of Austerity, good ideas risk being lost. The dynamics of funding of innovations has always been full of risk. But as various debt-laden governments try to balance bloated public balance sheets, should we worry about where the ‘next big thing’ will come from? Yes, if you believe that governments can find and… » read more

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