WHO’s Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing held a global meeting entitled “Strategic purchasing for UHC: unlocking the potential” from 25-27 April 2017 in Geneva. This report summarizes key messages and directions for future work on the five themes explored during the meeting: benefit design; mixed provider payment systems; pay for performance and results based financing; information management systems; and governance issues in strategic purchasing. The discussions around a global collaborative agenda to coordinate future work are also reported here.
Fourth Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for low and middle income countries
The fourth WHO Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for low- and middle-income countries took place in Barcelona, Spain from 12-16 June 2017. Forty seven participants from nineteen countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of universal health coverage.
July 2017 - Public financing is central to making progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). By applying a method to separate out external sources of public expenditure on health, a new WHO publication – Towards UHC: thinking public – sheds light on the actual role of domestic public funds in financing health. It provides a powerful call for countries to “think public” as they develop their health financing strategies in support of UHC.
June 2017 - Free health care (FHC) policies – or politiques de gratuité – are about removing formal user fees either fully or partially for selected services and/or selected population groups. However, evidence about the impact of FHC policies in terms of financial protection and health service utilization is mixed. If well designed and implemented, FHC can be a way to expand coverage in countries with few resources and can therefore be part of a strategy and a catalyst to move towards Universal Health Coverage.