Health economics

Global price tags

The WHO-CHOICE approach has been applied to support the production of resource needs estimates for multiple countries – so called global price tags – for a number of disease and programme-specific analyses. The use of consistent methodologies and price assumptions across studies, linking to the WHO-CHOICE database with uniform assumptions on costs, allows for greater comparability between estimates for different health areas.

A global price tag for the Health Sustainable Goals

In 2017, WHO published estimates for the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population.

The SDG Health Price Tag models two scenarios: an “ambitious” scenario in which investments are sufficient for countries to attain the health targets in the SDGs by 2030, and a “progress” scenario in which countries get two thirds or more of the way to the targets.Under the "ambitious" scenario, progressing towards UHC and achieving the SDG health targets would require new investments increasing over time from an initial US$ 134 billion annually to reach $371 billion, or $58 per person, by 2030.

Additional price tags by disease/programme

Under 'documents' you will find a list of publications which make use of WHO-CHOICE methods and cost data. Publications include estimates for low- and middle income countries to scale up maternal health services, child health interventions, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and immunization services among others, with the aim to estimate resources needed to make progress towards specific development goals.