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Value-based healthcare in Korea: A pioneer in Asia

Korea’s healthcare infrastructure is well developed compared to that of neighbouring countries. In addition, cost-effectiveness is well established as one aspect of the process used to analyse healthcare value for money. However, a consistent understanding of what value entails is still not established.

Moreover, given its relatively low level of health spending compared with that of other developed countries, Korea has scope to increase health spending. At the same time, with Korea’s population ageing at a similar rate to those of its peers, stark choices lie ahead. 

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Value-based healthcare in Korea: A pioneer in Asia

Korea is one of Asia’s leaders in using value-based analysis to underpin decisions about healthcare expenditure. The country has one of the region’s only comprehensive health insurance systems, which also provides a rich trove of data that analysts can use to help direct spending decisions.

The road to a better normal: Breast Cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce

The road to a better normal: Breast Cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce

Healthcare systems in Europe have slowly transformed breast cancer from a fatal condition into a (frequently chronic) disease. This transformation, while greatly welcome, has brought in its wake a growing societal challenge. An increasing number of female breast cancer patients and survivors of working age are capable of returning to employment and wish to do so.1 Not all of them succeed, however, and not simply for medical reasons. Breast cancer creates psychological and economic stress for the women directly involved, but it also impacts society as a whole.

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The road to a better normal: Breast Cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce

The road to a better normal: Breast cancer patients and survivors in the EU workforce is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Pfizer. It investigates the challenges involved in the return to employment for a growing number of breast cancer patients and survivors of working age. In particular, it examines the growing number of women in this situation who wish to work, the barriers to doing so, and how key stakeholders could help.

Preventing Stroke: Uneven Progress

The burden of stroke on countries, communities and individuals is well-documented, with stroke survivors being troubled by a greater range of disabilities than those with any other condition. Fortunately, the risk factors for stroke are relatively well-understood by medical professionals, and opportunities have been identified to implement effective prevention and management strategies. However, these best practices are not consistently implemented around the world.

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Global Stroke Prevention Policies

Policy Approaches to Stroke Prevention

Preventing stroke: uneven progress is a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by The Bristol-Myers Squibb–Pfizer Alliance. It assesses policy efforts to reduce risks of stroke in 20 countries globally based on a scorecard rating each country’s performance across different aspects, including awareness, screening practices and policies among others.

Inequality in access to care undermines cancer-control efforts in Latin America

Cancer is the second-biggest killer in Latin America, accounting for 19% of all deaths on average. The International Agency for Research on Cancer projects the number of cancer deaths in Latin America to more than double by 2035. New analysis by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that in recent years the region has made important steps forward, such as widespread human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, increasingly stringent anti-tobacco laws and growing access to cancer care for the previously uninsured. However, problems persist, especially the accelerating obesity epidemic, “medical apartheid” that is restricting poorer citizens to less well-resourced care, and a widespread lack of palliative care.

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Living with HIV: Challenges in Spain's HIV management

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