In Case You Missed It: New and Noteworthy This Week

This weekly blog series is a roundup of recent news items and developments that I found interesting and would like to share.

See this excellent summary by the Commonwealth Fund of the high costs of health insurance and high deductible payments in the United States. The combination is a strain on the family incomes of many. How High Is America’s Healthcare Cost Burden? Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Healthcare Affordability Tracking Survey, July–August 2015

A view from Sweden: The Health 2.0 Conference on digital health in Japan. Annika Österdahl Joined Health 2.0 in Japan

Can Ethiopia’s Railway Bring Peace to Somalia?

Please see an excellent summary of the visit of a delegation that ACCESS Health India hosted for representatives of four countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and  Tanzania. All are interested in working with ACCESS Health on transfer of health systems technologies from India. Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange Visit Report: Health Financing Support Program

Please note the active discussion on primary healthcare in the international community. Primary care is absent from the newly issued Sustainable Development Goals. The best interpretation for the absence of primary healthcare is that primary healthcare is integral to all of the health goals. Is that enough? Primary Healthcare and the Sustainable Development Goals

The profile of Lawrence Gostin highlights the role of law in promoting global health. The article refers to Gostin’s efforts to adopt a framework convention on global health (FCGH). In 2008, Gostin began advocating for a treaty that guarantees the right to health and that promotes national and global health equity. Lawrence Gostin: Legal Activist in the Cause of Global Health

This book may be helpful for our elder care programs, particularly for Stay Young Navigators. Late Life Creativity

At ACCESS Health, we focus both on the issues of the elderly and those with chronic disease. We emphasize the work on the elderly, but I urge you to keep front of mind the work on those with chronic disabilities, including mental disease, as well. Global, Regional, and National Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) for 306 Diseases and Injuries and Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE) for 188 Countries, 1990–2013: Quantifying the Epidemiological Transition

The Future of Japan’s Health System — Sustaining Good Health with Equity at Low Cost

I recommend this article on the future of public health based on an honorary degree given by Tom Frieden, now Director of the Centers for Disease Control of the United States. I recently heard him give a very good presentation at the Council for Foreign Relations on health security. “Health security” is a commonly used term post Ebola. The Future of Public Health

The Global Burden of Diseases: Living with Disability

This is a great article for our Modern Aging programs. Millennials Demand Startup Skills