International Health Care
half the country's (Syria) public hospitals and primary
health care centers are either closed or only partially
functioning, Almost two-thirds of all health
professionals have left the country; domestic production
of medicines has dropped by two-thirds and vaccination
coverage rates have dropped by half."
Elizabeth Hoff, Representative, the World Health
Data Analysis of over
160,000 Fresh Loan Applications Reveals That over 35,000
NHS Nurses Forced to Rely on Payday Loans
a moral payday loan company based in London, has
revealed shocking statistics about the financial
hardships of NHS nurses. Over 35,000 NHS nurses forced
to rely on payday loans – almost double 2013’s number.
“It is deeply worrying that so many nurses and other
caregivers would require our services. We hope that by
releasing this data it will draw attention to the
hardships being faced by these undervalued and yet
essential caregivers in our communities.”
Western Circle Ltd, a short-term lending company trading
as Cashfloat, analysed the data from over 160,000 payday
loan applications. They discovered that those employed
in the health and social care sectors are most likely to
apply for payday loans. Within this section, 19% were
nurses, 18% carers, and 11% were health care assistants.
The disproportionately large use of payday loans in the
nursing sector is a clear sign that something is
seriously wrong. The Cashfloat team pride themselves on
truly caring for their customers. This prompted them to
take action and publish these results, aiming to draw
attention to the plight of NHS nurses. These nurses are
an essential part of society, often going above and
beyond to help the public. If nurses are earning so
little that any unexpected expense requires a payday
loan to cover it, something must be done about it.
The NHS pay rise cap had many critics when it was first
introduced, and it seems that as a result, NHS nurses
are struggling financially now more than ever before.
Jeremy Lloyd, director at Cashfloat, says, “It is deeply
worrying that so many nurses and other caregivers would
require our services. We hope that by releasing this
data it will draw attention to the hardships being faced
by these undervalued and yet essential caregivers in our
As a responsible payday lender, Cashfloat is in a unique
position to gather information and statistics about the
financial state of the different sectors of society.
Read the full article, including many more statistics,
Source: Business Wire
Only 3 percent of Nigerians have healthcare coverage –
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have
expressed sadness over its inability to have majority of
Nigerians covered under its healthcare policy, eleven
years after its inception.
Syria Health Services 'Devastated' by Conflict
Top United Nations aid officials warned Monday that
health care services in Syria have been devastated by
bombings and the nearly six-year-old conflict.
New UN Health Agency Guidelines Aim to Stop Surgical
Infections and Arrest Spread of 'Superbugs'
Warning that millions of people die every year from
preventable surgical infections, particularly in
developing countries, the World Health Organization
(WHO) issued new guidelines today on tackling
hospital-acquired infections with the aim of saving
lives, cutting costs and arresting the spread of
Hidden Costs of Healthcare in France
A new study reveals the extent to which patients are
directly responsible for the costs of their health-care.
Although France has a universal system of public health
care, financing of the system is not entirely from
Measles Control & Eradication Efforts Fall Short of 2015
published in the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
(MMWR) suggests that the world healthcare community has
made significant strides in addressing the public health
implications for measles in children, but that there is
still significant work that needs to be accomplished.
Apollo plans to extend its healthcare services to
Apollo Hospitals, one of the country's largest
healthcare groups has planned to expand over the next
couple of years, for which it has plans to invest 1400
crore INR. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals,
confirmed to the reporters that it has lined up an
investment of 1400 crore INR over next couple of years
to make opening of new hospitals and expansion of
existing healthcare centres.
Pricing pressure on Indian drug companies to continue
Indian pharmaceutical industry will face pricing
pressure in the US and domestic markets for some more
time to come and the players have to focus their
research and development on speciality/complex drugs,
said global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings.
North Korea promotes suicide as means for survival
The elderly in North Korea are facing extreme neglect
from their children and the government due to their
inability to work and provide for themselves. According
to an article posted on upi.com titled, "North Korea
families pressure elderly to commit suicide,” there are
some people in North Korea who can no longer rely on the
country’s welfare system and they are now relying on
their children to supply care for them.
"Sugar tax" key to tackling obesity epidemic: Australian
A coalition of Australia's most respected
doctors' groups called for a tax on sugar on Friday.
They claim obesity, which is often brought on by
excessive sugar consumption, is the most pressing public
health issue in Australia.
Health Policy through 2020:
Policy's Grant Miller, Marcella Alsan and
Eran Bendavid discuss challenges and
innovations in global health over the next
Fraser Institute News Release: Canada's
health-care wait times hit 20 weeks in 2016 -- longest
- November 23, 2016) -Canadian patients waited
longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds
a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an
independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy
The study, an annual survey of physicians from across
Canada, reports a median wait time of 20 weeks-the
longest ever recorded-and more than double the 9.3 weeks
Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute
began tracking wait times for medically necessary
Before this year, the longest recorded median wait time
was 19 weeks in 2011.
"Excessively long wait times remain a defining
characteristic of Canada's health-care system, but this
year is the longest we've ever seen and that should
trouble all Canadians," said Bacchus Barua, senior
economist for health-care studies at the Fraser
Institute and co-author of Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times
for Health Care in Canada, 2016.
The study examines the total wait time faced by patients
across 12 medical specialties from referral by a general
practitioner (i.e. family doctor) to consultation with a
specialist, to when the patient ultimately receives
Among the provinces, Ontario recorded the shortest wait
time at 15.6 weeks-up from 14.2 weeks in 2015. New
Brunswick recorded the longest wait time (38.8 weeks) in
For the fourth year in a row, British Columbia recorded
an increase in wait times with the median now sitting at
25.2 weeks-the longest ever measured in the province.
Among the various specialties, national wait times were
longest for neurosurgery (46.9 weeks) and shortest for
medical oncology (3.7 weeks).
It's estimated that Canadians are currently waiting for
nearly one million medically necessary procedures.
Crucially, physicians report that their patients are
waiting more than three weeks longer for treatment
(after seeing a specialist) than what they consider to
be clinically reasonable.
"Long wait times aren't simply minor inconveniences,
they can result in increased suffering for patients,
lost productivity at work, a decreased quality of life,
and in the worst cases, disability or death," Barua
"The experiences of other countries prove that long
waits for treatment aren't a necessary by-product of a
universal health-care system. It's time for policymakers
to consider reforming the outdated policies that
contribute to long wait times in Canada."
Source: Business Wire
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