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UK: Bengoa review: Ambitious health care shake-up unveiled

October 2016 BBCNews; An ambitious plan to make Northern Ireland’s health and social care system fit for the 21st Century has been unveiled. Health Minister Michelle O’Neill said the 10-year plan would improve a system at “breaking point”. Its 18 time-specific action points are based on recommendations from a government-appointed …

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USA: Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under ‘Obamacare’

October 2016 ABCNews; The Obama administration acknowledged on Monday that premiums for health care plans created under the president’s signature Affordable Care Act will rise substantially next year — another hiccup for the law, also known as “Obamacare.” Insurers are set to raise the premiums for plans sold through HealthCare.gov …

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USA: 7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

October 2016 npr; The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep that taboo by making the drugs that people with HIV need unavailable or unaffordable, complaints filed recently with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights …

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Regional Health Forum Participants Call for New Measures to Reduce Harmful Non-Communicable Diseases Across Africa and the Middle East

October 2016 amediaagency; Scientists, healthcare providers, policymakers and private sector companies met in Dubai for the first ever Middle East and Africa (MEA) Health Forum on ‘Harm Reduction for Healthier Societies’. With a focus on obesity and tobacco, participants at the inaugural forum considered some of the major developments and transformative innovations being adopted …

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SUDAN: Medical Strike in Sudan Expanding

October 2016 RadioDabanga; The strike of medical doctors in Sudan has gained more support as paediatric specialists and surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists have downed their tools as well. Medics of 90 state hospitals are now on strike. The authorities dispatched life-saving medicines and medical equipment to various hospitals in Khartoum …

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ZIMBABWE:High Costs Drive Patients to India

October 2016 TheHerald; Some medical aid societies are opting to have their members undergo medical procedures in India, instead of Zimbabwe, to evade prohibitive costs. As such, the medical aid societies have contracts with Indians who link them with service providers here. Indian service providers have also identified agencies in …

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European region most sceptical in the world on vaccine safety

October lshtm; Public confidence in vaccines varies widely between countries and regions around the world, and the European region is the most sceptical about vaccine safety, according to the largest ever global survey of confidence in vaccines. With recent disease outbreaks triggered by people refusing vaccination, the authors believe the …

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