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The blog for global health care leaders
by Rachel Zuckerman and Vidal Seegobin May 23, 2019
Many urban centres around the world are home to financially insecure people managing numerous clinical and psychosocial challenges, including substance abuse and mental health conditions. As a result, urban hospitals often become the care provider for underserved patients when no one else can step up. Ambulances and even police dispatches bring these patients to the emergency department when their conditions are at their worst, often because there's nowhere else to take them.
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Vidal Seegobin May 16, 2019
The rising challenges in health care expose a global truth: Few providers will be able to solve health care's problems alone.
by Paul Trigonoplos May 9, 2019
There's a global push for integrated health networks tasked with managing a population's health to budget. In every version—Integrated Care Systems in England, Ontario Health Teams in Canada, Accountable Care Organisations in the United States, etc.—governments are pushing hospitals to partner across the continuum to find success.
Vidal Seegobin May 2, 2019
In two research studies this year, the Global Forum investigated the connection between health and non-health care services. As care providers, we are waking up to the impact that social determinants of health have on clinical outcomes. Accordingly, many health systems are now trying to figure out how to bridge that divide—and one of the most novel and interesting concepts to do so is social prescribing.
by Rachel Zuckerman and Solomon Banjo April 11, 2019
Editor's note: This story was updated on May 7, 2019.
The patient pathway for most orthopaedic procedures has been largely unchanged for decades: patients attend pre-operative visits, then the surgery itself, and then ongoing post-op check-ins to assess their recovery.
by Liz Roberts March 28, 2019
Demand for mental health care in on the rise around the world. In the UK alone, mental health is the largest single cause of disability—an estimated one-in-four UK citizens will experience a mental health crisis each year, contributing nearly 23% of the country's total disease burden. At the same time, WHO reports that nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental health disorder will never see treatment for their condition.
by Paul Trigonoplos, Rachel Zuckerman, and Vidal Seegobin March 21, 2019
Earlier this month, Ontario's government introduced Bill 74, or The People's Health Care Act. The widely anticipated proposal lays the groundwork for the creation of two new-in-kind population health entities:
by Paul Trigonoplos and Vidal Seegobin March 15, 2019
Brazil's health care problems in the 1990s mirror the challenges that most industrialised countries are facing today. As Brazil's population boomed, hospitals did too, pushing aside traditional providers of primary care and leaving the acute sector to tend to basic health needs, often at too high a cost. As a result, millions of citizens—especially those in poor, urban settings—struggled to access the basic and preventive care that primary care provides.
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