Health financing for universal coverage

Data and statistics

Data Portal on universal health coverage launched

Universal health coverage data portal

January 2017 – WHO has launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world. The portal features the latest data on access to health services globally and for each of WHO’s 194 Member States, along with an assessment of equity in access. Information is provided for tracer indicators, with country profiles showing trends over time. During 2017, the latest data on the impact that paying for health services has on household finances will be added. The portal highlights areas of high unmet need in countries, and also shows where information needs to be improved.

Monitoring financial protection in health in the SDGs

Illustration of Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals
UN Photo for sustainable development knowledge platform

11 October 2016 – The Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG) tasked with developing a framework of indicators to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals has accepted the WHO and World Bank’s joint proposal to refine indicator 3.8.2. This indicator will monitor progress towards financial protection as a core dimension of universal health coverage with a valid impact indicator defined as the “proportion of population with large household expenditures on heath as a share of total household expenditure or income”. This is welcome modification supported by civil society, academia, and policy makers alike.

Spending targets for health: no magic number

Chart showing descriptive statistics (inputs and outputs) by public spending on health quintile

September 2016 - Absolute levels of public funding are critical to UHC progress; however, health systems vary significantly in what they achieve for a given level of spending. In a new analysis of core health service coverage rates relative to public spending on health, in 83 low and middle income countries, variation is particularly evident at levels below PPP$ 40 per capita (public). Whilst a range of non-health system factors influence a country’s performance, this analysis demonstrates the importance of focusing not only on raising more revenues for health, but also on ensuring available funds are spent efficiently.

Country profiles

Smiling girls near the railway tracks at Mahim, Mumbai - March 2015.
WHO/D Rodriguez

Find out about a country’s health system financing system through key data and statistics. In these summary reports you will find information about who funds health care, who buys health care, government resources allocated to health and government expenditure on health. You can also see how one country compares to other countries in the region.

Country health financing maps

World map showing total expenditure on health as % of Gross domestic product, 2014.

Find out the latest global statistics for health financing by global maps. You can select different indicators such as total expenditure on health as % of gross domestic product, private expenditure on health as % total expenditure on health and out-of-pocket expenditure on health as % of private expenditure on health.


Source: The joint WHO/World Bank report, Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report . *