Health financing for universal coverage

The nursing community, macroeconomic and public finance policies: towards a better understanding

Discussion paper 2/2009


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 54
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
WHO reference number: HSS/HSF/DP.09.2



This paper seeks to support nursing community interactions with the various stakeholders that influence financial resource allocation in the public sector by providing nursing representatives with some insight of the reasons for investing in health, health systems and the health workforce.

Some development partners have begun to support low income countries in expanding health workforce training, recruitment and maintenance through well sequenced and financed multiyear plans. The nursing community needs to understand the political process and the economic background of such plans.

This paper also provides an insight into the key processes of mobilization of public resources for health, what is referred to as fiscal space for health.