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"Countries are spending more on health, but people are still paying too much out of their own pockets", according to the latest news release from the World health Organization.


The 2018 global health financing report presents health spending data for all WHO Member States between 2000 and 2016 based on the SHA 2011 methodology. It shows a transformation trajectory for the global spending on health, with increasing domestic public funding and declining external financing. This report also presents, for the first time, spending on primary health care and specific diseases and looks closely at the relationship between spending and service coverage.
The report’s key messages include:
  • Global trends in health spending confirm the transformation of the world’s funding of health services.

  • Domestic spending on health is central to universal health coverage, but there is no clear trend of increased government priority for health.

  • Primary health care is a priority for expenditure tracking.

  • Allocations across disease and interventions differ between external and government sources and

  • Performance of government spending on health can improve.

Access the whole report here.

Source: IHF Newsletter

The IHF World Hospital Congress is a unique global forum where multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences in health sector management and service delivery is facilitated. This forum brings together leaders, gurus, delegates and participants conversant in healthcare policies and reforms, management practices, financing trends and solutions, quality and safety, to engage in constructive dialogue on best practices and innovations in hospital and healthcare management and leadership aimed at improving the overall health and wellness of our patients and communities. 

Hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman, the 43rd World Hospital Congress will be held on 6 - 9 November 2019 in Muscat, Oman with the theme: People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis.

Submission of Abstracts
Health sector leaders and professionals wishing to present their work, orally or as a poster, at the 43rd World Hospital Congress are invited to submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee for consideration through the IHF website

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International Hospital Federation Official Journal 2018 Volume 54 Number 4 

This fourth issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal, second part describes the repercussion of environmental pollution on health expenditures and raises the awareness of policy makers, health care providers and others of the analysis and recommendations for a strong action plan by the recent Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. 

In the first part, (International Hospital Federation Official Journal 2018 Volume 54 Number 3) it was discussed about the focuses on how global identifiers (barcoding) can support the monitoring of safe healthcare and improve efficiency while reducing waste.

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A systematic approach to develop a core set of parameters for boards of directors to govern quality of care in the ICU

International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 30, Issue 7, 1 August 2018




Hospital boards are legally responsible for the quality of care delivered by healthcare professionals in their hospitals, but experience difficulties in overseeing quality and safety risks. This study aimed to select a core set of parameters for boards to govern quality of care in the intensive care unit (ICU).


Two-round Delphi study.


Two university hospitals in the Netherlands.


An expert panel of 12 former ICU patients or their family members, 12 ICU nurses, 12 ICU physicians and 12 members of boards of directors and quality managers.

Read more: A systematic approach to develop a core set of parameters for boards of directors to govern...


Dementia is a dreadful disease and a growing global challenge. The number of people living with dementia across the OECD reached nearly 19 million people in 2017, while millions of family members and friends provide care and support to loved ones with the condition throughout their lives. Beyond the personal and emotional toll of dementia, its financial costs are vast. The worldwide health and social costs of dementia were estimated to reach USD 1 trillion per year in 2018. Dementia is strongly associated with age. This makes the ageing of the population in many OECD countries the main factor associated with the growing dementia prevalence. As the share of the population aged above 80 years continues to rise, and until a cure or disease modifying treatment is found, the number of people living with dementia will continue to grow, and is likely to reach nearly 41 million people in the OECD by 2050.

Despite significant research efforts, much about the condition remains a mystery. No treatments have yet been developed that can effectively cure or halt the progression of dementia. Many recent late stage clinical trial failures have frustrated efforts and investment by the pharmaceutical industry. Further, today, too many people living with dementia go without a diagnosis. Even when they may be diagnosed, care systems are often fragmented, and the stigma surrounding dementia has led many people to believe that
nothing can be done.

Yet the lack of a cure does not mean that there are no options. A range of beneficial services are available that can improve the health and quality of life of people living with dementia. However, in many cases, too few people have been able to access them. OECD countries urgently need to improve access to and quality of these services.

In recent years, dementia has received growing attention as governments begin to recognise the scope of the challenge ahead. As many as 22 OECD countries have developed national plans and strategies for addressing dementia, and have moved to make diagnosis and follow-up care more accessible and of higher quality. Treatment and care services can be further improved, and better monitoring and comparing of processes and outcomes will play an important role.

Read more: CARE NEEDED: Improving the Lives of People with Dementia
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