What is health financing for universal coverage?
WHO has published a new report summarizing the key messages and way forward for the Collaborative Agenda on Fiscal Space, Public Financial Management and Health Financing based on the output from a meeting held from 31 October through 2 November 2018. This report provides an overview of some of the key practical issues countries face in implementing policies and reforms to institutionalize and sustain progress towards UHC through the reliance on public funds.
Strategic purchasing is one of the main principles guiding health financing reforms to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. This document, available now in both English and French, outlines and frames five key policy issues that emerged from expert and practitioners’ discussions held at various meetings. These issues are critical for reforms to shift towards strategic purchasing and cover the following areas: governance, information management systems, benefit design; mixed provider payment systems; and managing alignment and dynamics.
What does making progress in health financing, in support of UHC mean? How do countries know they're headed in the right direction? What political strategies facilitate progress? To address these questions, WHO’s Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing will host a one-day symposium on Health Financing for UHC on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 as a satellite session to the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool.