Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley laid out the new Coalition Government's plan for health care reform in the white paper, "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS."
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence ruled that the drug Avastin is not a cost-efficient treatment for colorectal cancer, and therefore should not be prescribed by the English and Welsh NHS.
Prof. Sir Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer Care, submitted the Second Annual Report on the NHS End of Life Strategy to Care Services Minister Paul Burstow.
This August, three Australian general practitioner networks were chosen as test sites for the Australian National E-Health Transition Authority's pilot project on implementing a national electronic health records system.
In an effort to provide better health care in rural and remote Australia, the newly reelected Labor Party and Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard have pledged their dedication to the establishment of better broadband infrastructure and Internet access.
In August 2010, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released a discussion paper on patient safety in primary care.
Canadian premiers recently attended the annual Council of the Federation conference in Winnipeg to discuss a purchasing alliance between provinces and territories.
Chiropractors, dentists, optometrists, midwives, nurses, and other health professionals recently gained access to patient health information found in Alberta's electronic health record system.
After months of debate, German Health Minister Phillip Roesler's plans for health care system reform have been approved to start in 2011.
Medical doctor and professor Jurgen Windeler was recently appointed as the new director of Germany's Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
Edith Schippers was appointed new Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport, replacing former Minister Ab Klink.
A September court ruling put an end to budget restrictions that were used to limit hospital expenditures in the Netherlands.
New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall declined "Bridging the Gap," the Southern District Health Board's proposal to allow patients in Otago and Southland to receive self-funded chemotherapy treatment for drugs not currently funded by PHARMAC, the New Zealand government body responsible for managing pharmaceuticals in the public health system.
Recent Commonwealth Fund–supported studies published in the professional literature offer lessons and models from other nations for the U.S. health care system.