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.
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.
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.
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.