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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820517/global-oncology-volunteering-making-an-effective-contribution
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Annette Galassi, Rachna Pradhan, Gayatri Palat, Virginia T LeBaron
Elements of a good health system are lacking in most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and in many high-income countries, including the United States. 
A major problem is financing health care. On average, about 50% of healthcare financing in low-income countries comes from out-of-pocket payments, compared to 30% in middle-income countries and 14% in high-income countries.
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819474/expanding-health-insurance-scheme-in-the-informal-sector-in-nigeria-awareness-as-a-potential-demand-side-tool
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David Ayobami Adewole, Saidat Abisola Akanbi, Kayode Omoniyi Osungbade, Segun Bello
INTRODUCTION: The implementation and expansion of a health insurance scheme in the informal sector, particularly in developing countries, is a challenge. With the aid of an innovative Information-Education and Communication model, titled 'Understanding the concept of health insurance: An innovative social marketing tool', an assessment of the awareness and perception of the scheme among market women was carried out. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional descriptive survey, carried out among market women in Ibadan, Nigeria...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812836/understanding-internal-accountability-in-nigeria-s-routine-immunization-system-perspectives-from-government-officials-at-the-national-state-and-local-levels
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Daniel J Erchick, Asha S George, Chukwunonso Umeh, Chizoba Wonodi
BACKGROUND: Routine immunization coverage in Nigeria has remained low, and studies have identified a lack of accountability as a barrier to high performance in the immunization system. Accountability lies at the heart of various health systems strengthening efforts recently launched in Nigeria, including those related to immunization. Our aim was to understand the views of health officials on the accountability challenges hindering immunization service delivery at various levels of government...
December 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812832/exploring-the-functioning-of-decision-space-a-review-of-the-available-health-systems-literature
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REVIEW
Tamlyn Eslie Roman, Susan Cleary, Diane McIntyre
BACKGROUND: The concept of decision space holds appeal as an approach to disaggregating the elements that may influence decision-making in decentralized systems. This narrative review aims to explore the functioning of decision space and the factors that influence decision space. METHODS: A narrative review of the literature was conducted with searches of online databases and academic journals including PubMed Central, Emerald, Wiley, Science Direct, JSTOR, and Sage...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812815/stakeholders-perspectives-on-the-success-drivers-in-ghana-s-national-health-insurance-scheme-identifying-policy-translation-issues
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Adam Fusheini, Gordon Marnoch, Ann Marie Gray
BACKGROUND: Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), established by an Act of Parliament (Act 650), in 2003 and since replaced by Act 852 of 2012 remains, in African terms, unprecedented in terms of growth and coverage. As a result, the scheme has received praise for its associated legal reforms, clinical audit mechanisms and for serving as a hub for knowledge sharing and learning within the context of South-South cooperation. The scheme continues to shape national health insurance thinking in Africa...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812813/do-management-and-leadership-practices-in-the-context-of-decentralisation-influence-performance-of-community-health-fund-evidence-from-iramba-and-iringa-districts-in-tanzania
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Chakupewa Joseph, Stephen Oswald Maluka
BACKGROUND: In early 1990s, Tanzania like other African countries, adopted health sector reform (HSR). The most strongly held centralisation system that informed the nature of services provision including health was, thus, disintegrated giving rise to decentralisation system. It was within the realm of HSR process, user fees were introduced in the health sector. Along with user fees, various types of health insurances, including the Community Health Fund (CHF), were introduced. While the country's level of enrolment in the CHF is low, there are marked variations among districts...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812806/universal-health-coverage-and-primary-healthcare-lessons-from-japan-comment-on-achieving-universal-health-coverage-by-focusing-on-primary-care-in-japan-lessons-for-low-and-middle-income-countries
#7
Gerald Bloom
A recent editorial by Naoki Ikegami has proposed three key lessons from Japan's experience of achieving virtually universal coverage with primary healthcare services: the need to integrate the existing providers of primary healthcare services into the organised health system; the need to limit government commitments to finance hospital services and the need to empower providers of primary healthcare to influence decisions that influence their livelihoods. Although the context of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) differs in many ways from Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the lesson that short-term initiatives to achieve universal coverage need to be complemented by an understanding of the factors influencing long-term change management remains highly relevant...
August 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807603/stem-cell-industry-update-2012-to-2016-reveals-accelerated-investment-but-market-capitalization-and-earnings-lag
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Mitchell Ng, Simon Song, Nicolas S Piuzzi, Kenneth Ng, Chukwuweike Gwam, Michael A Mont, George F Muschler
Treatments based on stem cells have long been heralded for their potential to drive the future of regenerative medicine and have inspired increasing medical and business interest. The stem cell therapy market has been expanding since 2012, but earnings and profitability still lag the broader health care sector (compounded annual growth rate in annual financing of 31.5% versus 13.4%, respectively). On the basis of historical financial data, approximately $23 billion has been invested in stem cell companies since 1994, with more than 80% of this raised from 2011 through 2016...
August 11, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805472/network-experiences-from-a-cross-sector-biosafety-level-3-laboratory-collaboration-a-swedish-forum-for-biopreparedness-diagnostics
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Johanna Thelaus, Anna Lindberg, Susanne Thisted Lambertz, Mona Byström, Mats Forsman, Hans Lindmark, Rickard Knutsson, Viveca Båverud, Andreas Bråve, Pontus Jureen, Annelie Lundin Zumpe, Öjar Melefors
The Swedish Forum for Biopreparedness Diagnostics (FBD) is a network that fosters collaboration among the 4 agencies with responsibility for the laboratory diagnostics of high-consequence pathogens, covering animal health and feed safety, food safety, public health and biodefense, and security. The aim of the network is to strengthen capabilities and capacities for diagnostics at the national biosafety level-3 (BSL-3) laboratories to improve Sweden's biopreparedness, in line with recommendations from the EU and WHO...
August 14, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803072/palliative-care-development-in-tajikistan
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Nigora Abidjanova
Tajikistan's health system has undergone a series of complex changes associated with reforms aimed at the transition to a more sophisticated control mechanism, financing and operation. As in many developing countries, there is an increase in morbidity and mortality from cancer and chronic diseases, including tuberculosis and HIV. Attention is needed by the state for the development of cost-effective palliative care that will be integrated into the existing public health system. A recent palliative care country needs assessment identified the following areas of work that need to be addressed for palliative care to be implemented: • educating and training of health care professionals, • raising public awareness about palliative care, • making essential palliative care medicines available, • developing the necessary regulatory documents for palliative care development, • developing educational curricula and materials, • integrating palliative care into the medical and nursing universities and schools, • Creating models of palliative care services for home and inpatient facilities...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801003/who-public-health-model-a-roadmap-for-palliative-care-development
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Mary V Callaway, Stephen R Connor, Kathleen M Foley
The Open Society Foundation's International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) began to support palliative care development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in 1999. Twenty-eight country representatives were invited to discuss the need for palliative care in their countries and to identify key areas that should be addressed to improve the care of adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. As a public health concern, progress in palliative care requires integration into health policy, education and training of health care professionals, availability of essential pain relieving medications, and health care services...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797214/provider-perspectives-on-employment-for-people-with-serious-mental-illness
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Mark Costa, Michaella Baker, Larry Davidson, Julienne Giard, Linda Guillorn, Angels González Ibáñez, Dawn Weitz, Maria O'Connell
BACKGROUND: Persons with serious mental illnesses (SMI) can lead productive lives, and the majority want to work. Mental health providers can play an important role in helping their clients gain and maintain employment. AIMS: The Provider Survey was developed to shed additional light on providers' views toward employment and recovery, and the utilization of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment (SE) services for people with SMI. METHODS: A total of 1,306 providers of the State of Connecticut participated in the survey...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796563/indirect-costs-of-diabetes-and-its-impact-on-the-public-finance-the-case-of-poland
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Andrzej Torój, Aneta Mela
BACKGROUND: Growing public and private expenditure on healthcare results i.a. from the spreading of chronic diseases. Diabetes belongs to the most frequent ones, beyond neoplasms and cardiological diseases, and hence generates a significant burden for the public finance in terms of the direct costs, leading e.g. to the occurrence of opportunity cost of missed public investment. However, the economy suffers also from the indirect cost of diabetes that manifests itself in the loss in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and general government revenues...
August 10, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793895/the-path-from-a-volunteer-initiative-to-an-established-institution-evaluating-15%C3%A2-years-of-the-development-and-contribution-of-the-lighthouse-trust-to-the-malawian-hiv-response
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Sam Phiri, Florian Neuhann, Nicola Glaser, Thomas Gass, Thom Chaweza, Hannock Tweya
BACKGROUND: The HIV epidemic has triggered the development of new health institutions with a special focus on HIV care. The role of these relatively new institutions within the health systems of low-income countries like Malawi is not clearly determined. We evaluate and describe the development of one example, the Lighthouse Trust (Lighthouse), over a period of 15 years (2000-2015). METHODS: Data from multiple sources, including a document review, participatory observation and interviews were analysed, triangulated and synthesized...
August 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793873/epidemiological-trends-and-outcomes-of-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-shandong-china
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Xiao-Chun He, Ning-Ning Tao, Yao Liu, Xian-Xin Zhang, Huai-Chen Li
BACKGROUND: Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) Tuberculosis (TB) has posed a great threat to global health and finance systems, especially for developing countries with high TB and Multidrug-Resistant (MDR) TB burden. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed HIV-uninfected TB case confirmed and treated in Shandong Provincial Chest Hospital (SPCH) between January 2008 and December 2015. Unique characteristics of XDR-TB were identified; its longitudinal changes and survival were analyzed...
August 9, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791771/public-strategies-for-improving-ehealth-integration-and-long-term-sustainability-in-public-health-care-systems-findings-from-an-italian-case-study
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Sabina De Rosis, Sabina Nuti
eHealth is expected to contribute in tackling challenges for health care systems. However, it also imposes challenges. Financing strategies adopted at national as well regional levels widely affect eHealth long-term sustainability. In a public health care system, the public actor is among the main "buyers" eHealth. However, public interventions have been increasingly focused on cost containment. How to match these 2 aspects? This article explores some central issues, mainly related to financial aspects, in the development of effective and valuable eHealth strategies in a public health care system: How can the public health care system (as a "buyer") improve long-term success and sustainability of eHealth solutions? What levers are available to match in the long period different interests of different stakeholders in the eHealth field? A case study was performed in the Region of Tuscany, Italy...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790858/diabetes-in-sub-saharan-africa-from-policy-to-practice-to-progress-targeting-the-existing-gaps-for-future-care-for-diabetes
#17
REVIEW
Sonak D Pastakia, Chelsea R Pekny, Simon M Manyara, Lydia Fischer
The global prevalence and impact of diabetes has increased dramatically, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. This region faces unique challenges in combating the disease including lack of funding for noncommunicable diseases, lack of availability of studies and guidelines specific to the population, lack of availability of medications, differences in urban and rural patients, and inequity between public and private sector health care. Because of these challenges, diabetes has a greater impact on morbidity and mortality related to the disease in sub-Saharan Africa than any other region in the world...
2017: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790493/substance-misuse-and-substance-use-disorders-why-do-they-matter-in-healthcare
#18
A Thomas McLellan
This paper first introduces important conceptual and practical distinctions among three key terms: substance "use," "misuse," and "disorders" (including addiction), and goes on to describe and quantify the important health and social problems associated with these terms. National survey data are presented to summarize the prevalence and varied costs associated with misuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescribed medications in the United States. With this as background, the paper then describes historical views, perspectives, and efforts to deal with substance misuse problems in the United States and discusses how basic, clinical, and health service research, combined with recent changes in healthcare legislation and financing, have set the stage for a more effective, comprehensive public health approach...
2017: Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789646/stakeholders-views-on-the-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-maternal-care-financing-and-its-reform-in-georgia
#19
Lela Shengelia, Milena Pavlova, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: The improvement of maternal health has been one of the aims of the health financing reforms in Georgia. Public-private relationships are the most notable part of the reform. This study aimed to assess the strengths and weakness of the maternal care financing in Georgia in terms of adequacy and effects. METHODS: A qualitative design was used to explore the opinions of key stakeholders about the adequacy of maternal care financing and financial protection of pregnant women in Georgia...
August 8, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780252/long-term-implications-of-cancer-for-work-and-financial-wellbeing-evidence-from-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-hct-survivors
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Irena Stepanikova, Karen Powroznik, Karen S Cook, D Kathryn Tierney, Ginna Laport
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about how long-term cancer survivors adapt in the realm of work and finances, and whether there are differences in these adaptations based on overall health status. We hypothesize that survivors with better health-related quality of life (HQL) have better work and financial outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study with 200 adult recipients of autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) 3-26 years after transplant using self-administered questionnaires and medical records extraction...
July 8, 2017: Maturitas
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