Health financing

Revenue raising

WHO/B Mathivet

To make progress towards UHC, Ministries of Health should aim to move towards a predominant reliance on public funding for health, given the evidence that this is a pre-requisite to make progress towards UHC.

Efficient spending is also central. Ensuring a stable and transparent flow of funds to health purchasing agencies and service providers is also an important part of revenue raising policy.


Revenue raising in more detail

Key points about raising revenue

Out-of-pocket payments are a particularly regressive way to fund health services. Ministries of Health should aim to move towards a predominant reliance on public funding for health, in order to move towards Universal Health Coverage.

What are public sources of funding?

Public sources of funding include those which are compulsory and pre-paid; meaning paid before the need for care is identified or care is accessed. These are often taxes.

Equity in finance

An important health system goal is equity in finance. This means that the burden of financing the health system is shared fairly across the population.

Financial protection

An important health system goal is financial protection for patients. This means that patients do not face catastrophic levels of health spending as a result of seeking healthcare.

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