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CHEPA partners with International Network on Health Policy and Reform

06 Jul 2010

Researchers at CHEPA have a new forum in which to showcase their ideas, ongoing work and published materials in the fields of health policy and health economics research.

Under the leadership of faculty member Michel Grignon, CHEPA has entered into a partnership as the expert group for Canada of the International Network on Health Policy and Reform, a 20-country project initiated and sponsored by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation, and associated with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

The network is comprised of international experts who contribute regularly to the Health Policy Monitor website, with accounts of health policy reforms in their countries. The non-academic reports focus on a reform or discussion about an issue or planned reform in a given country, including some background on the policy under discussion.

The network and related website were launched by the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2002, as a way to narrow the gap between research and policy, and speed up information exchange on what works and what doesn’t work in health policy reform.

With many health reform issues similar across countries, the network aims to obtain and analyse information on changes and developments in health sector reform, and monitor innovative ideas as they evolve and travel within and across health care systems. This information is then shared in an efficient, straightforward and rapid manner among all network partners through semi-annual reports published on the website.

CHEPA’s first contribution to the website was prepared by Grignon on the topic of health human resources and foreign medical graduates. His report explains his plans to examine ways to ease and accelerate the accreditation of foreign-trained medical professionals in order to put human capital to use in Canada and provide fair treatment to immigrants. The main purpose of this health policy idea is to facilitate the integration of international medical graduates to set up practice and treat patients. To access Grignon’s report, click here.

The Bertelsmann Foundation, established in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn, aims to identify social problems and challenges at an early stage and develop exemplary solutions to address them. For details on the foundation, click here.

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