Health financing

What is health financing for universal coverage?

AfHEA session on aligning mixed provider payment systems to support strategic purchasing for universal health coverage

16 April 2019 – Provider payment methods are one key element of purchasing, as they set incentives to providers, which influence their behavior. In many African countries, health providers are paid by several purchasers and different payment methods; this creates a mixed provider payment system. At the 5th AfHEA conference, WHO launched its Analytical guide to assess a mixed provider payment system. Applications of the guide in Egypt and Burkina Faso illustrated the challenges countries face and engaged participants in discussions on specific steps to better align payment systems.

WHO webinar series: Leveraging public financial management for better health

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8 April 2019 - How can budgets be reformed to facilitate progress towards UHC? If you want to learn more on improving budget formulation, execution and reporting in health, please join the new WHO six-part webinars series on leveraging public financing management for better health. The webinars series will be conducted from May to November 2019, with one budget topic addressed each month. Registration is based on open-enrollment but spaces are limited.

Purchasing health services for universal health coverage - new WHO policy brief

22 March 2019 – To progress towards UHC, strategic purchasing using public funds is essential. Strategic purchasing means defining which services are bought, from which health providers, and how these health services are paid for, decisions guided by objectives and goals of distributing resources more equitably, driving up efficiency and quality, and managing expenditure growth. Many of these reforms required are within the realm of the health sector and the Ministry of Health, and can be implemented gradually. This new Policy Brief provides an overview of strategic purchasing, its key elements, and priority policy instruments, highlighted with country experience.

AfHEA session on public financial management for health in Africa

Christophe Lanoux

A robust public financial management (PFM) system is essential for health systems to progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). By placing public funds at the core of health financing, the movement towards UHC has transformed PFM into a central issue to drive improved access to health services, with financial protection. At the 5th AfHEA Conference, WHO shed light on key PFM bottlenecks facing African countries on their path towards UHC, discussing policy solutions based on country experience. Main presentation from the session is available here.


Repository of health budgets

The repository of health budgets consolidates open source information on finance laws and related documents applicable to the health sector for more than 100 countries.

Transition to programme budgeting in health in Burkina Faso

This country case study documents the budget reform process and analyses the effects of these reforms for the health sector, making recommendations on addressing the remaining challenges.

Public Spending on Health: A Closer Look at Global Trends

The 2018 global health financing report presents health spending data for all WHO Member States between 2000 and 2016 based on the SHA 2011 methodology.

Budget structure reforms and the health sector: lessons from Armenia

This country case study analyses the effects of budgeting reforms for the health sector. The document includes policy recommendations.