Spending Targets for Health: No Magic Number

by Matthew Jowett, Maria Petro Brunal, Gabriela Flores et al.
Health Financing Working Paper No. 1; World Health Organization, 2016

34 pp. 582 kB

This paper provides evidence which supports the message that all countries can make progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including those with very low levels of public spending on health (<40 US$ per capita). Levels of public spending are central to UHC progress; in terms of service coverage as levels of public spending increase we observe both systematic improvements in UHC performance within countries, as well as convergence across countries. Improving financial protection can be complex, requiring both the systematic development of policy, and the institutions that govern and manage health systems.

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