Health financing for universal coverage

How much should countries spend on health?

Discussion paper, Number 2/2003

William Savedoff

Publication details

Number of pages: 14
Publication date: 2003
Languages: English
WHO reference number: EIP/FER/DP.03.2



Many people are asking, “What is the right amount for a country to spend on health?” It is hard to say how much a country should spend on maintaining and improving its health system without knowing the challenges it faces. This paper identifies different approaches to answering this question, which ranges from rough comparisons with other countries to a full budgeting framework.