Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility and birthrates are among the most closely monitored indicators of a country’s economic health. A record high of 83 countries report below-replacement level fertility rates. When the population is too low, economies contract, and lead to a shrinking labour force and a substantial increase in the proportion of elderly. The rise of this dependent older population … Continue reading Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility rates & population replacement

Fertility and birthrates are among the most closely monitored indicators of a country’s economic health. A record high of 83 countries report below-replacement level fertility rates. When the population is too low, economies contract, and lead to a shrinking labour force and a substantial increase in the proportion of elderly. The rise of this dependent older population … Continue reading Fertility rates & population replacement

Palliative care and decision making

Physicians serve a unique role in society, regularly dealing with matters of life and death, with their main objective being to save lives. But when it comes to a patient becoming palliative, should a doctors mission to save someone's life change?In separate cases in Canada and the UK, doctors unilaterally imposed DNR orders without the … Continue reading Palliative care and decision making

State lawmakers and prescription drug

This year, state lawmakers across the U.S. have introduced an unprecedented 160 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs, and have enacted 37 into law. States are pursuing a range of strategies to tackle drug costs including allowing pharmacists to share lower cost drug options with consumers, enacting laws that authorize the wholesale … Continue reading State lawmakers and prescription drug

Brexit and the delay in the supply of medicines

Earlier this year, the Brexit Health Alliance published a paper calling on both the UK and EU to put patients first. It warned that unless a deal can be reached, medicines and medical technologies could be delayed or, in extreme cases, become unavailable to patients. The Alliance is concerned that if a decision can’t be … Continue reading Brexit and the delay in the supply of medicines

Medical school education costs

Citing concerns about the "overwhelming financial debt" facing graduates, N.Y.U. School of Medicine recently announced it would cover the tuition of its medical students, regardless of merit or need. School officials have become increasingly worried that students burdened by steep debt are pursuing top-paying specialties rather than careers in family medicine, pediatrics, and research. N.Y.U.'s … Continue reading Medical school education costs

Challenges related to the globalisation of medical education

The new global medical education system, marked by its growing size and complexity, has led to greater concerns about quality assurance of individual graduates and their educational programs. Assuring a quality medical education varies considerably from country to country, as do training standards. Traditionally there have been two ways to assure quality, assessment of the … Continue reading Challenges related to the globalisation of medical education

Technology investment in the healthcare sector

Our first monthly Pulse of 2018 asked the M3 Global Research community their opinions on technology investment in healthcare. The healthcare sector has experienced dramatic changes over the last 25 years and will likely continue to change and evolve in the immediate future. Technology is already powering new models of care and disrupting traditional ideas about care provision. However, the level of … Continue reading Technology investment in the healthcare sector

Bullying, undermining and harassment at work

August’s Monthly Pulse question was about bullying, undermining and harassment at work. Around one in five doctors in the UK’s NHS say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace, with the British Orthopaedic Trainee Association (BOTA) reporting that 73% trainees had witnessed bullying, undermining or harassment at work. Most incidents go unreported, often because … Continue reading Bullying, undermining and harassment at work

Universal healthcare coverage

Universal healthcare coverage was the Monthly Pulse topic we sent out to our consumer panel members’ in August. Healthcare reform has long since been a major policy area commanding attention in the United States and around the world. Crucial to the debate are the various plans that have been proposed to repeal and replace the … Continue reading Universal healthcare coverage