Implementing health financing reform

Author(s)/Editor(s): Kutzin J, Cashin C, Jakab M
Publisher/Organizer: WHO on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Publication date: 2010
Number of pages: 425
Language: English


"The conceptual approach used for this study is guided by the assumption that lessons from experiences relating to implementation of health financing reforms can be derived by using:

  • a common set of explicit policy objectives as assessment criteria;
  • a function-based framework as a basis for describing health financing systems and reforms; and
  • identification and analysis of key contextual factors with implications for particular reform options and their effects.

This standardized approach to assessment and description will enable lessons to be generated, particularly from those countries that have carried out “deep” reforms of their financing systems. Such lessons will be of interest not just to the countries in transition, but for countries in other parts of the world as well.