Health Financing

Health financing is concerned with how financial resources are generated, allocated and used in health systems.

Lost efficiency is responsible for 30–40% of all health expenditure. It is therefore an ethical imperative to ensure that financial resources for universal health coverage are spent correctly and transparently in order to offer more services of better quality to the entire population and, in particular, to the most vulnerable groups. Financing systems need to be specifically designed to provide all people with access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation) of sufficient quality to be effective; and to ensure that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

in the area of Health Financing, AHO provides evidence-based policy and technical support to Member States to improve health system financing in terms of policy development, allocation and tracking of funds, social and financial risk protection, equity in financing and efficiency in resource use.

Health financing is concerned with how financial resources are generated, allocated and used in health systems. Health financing policy focuses on how to move closer to universal coverage with issues related to:

  • how and from where to raise sufficient funds for health;
  • how to overcome financial barriers that exclude many poor from accessing health services; or
  • how to provide an equitable and efficient mix of health services

Publications

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Access to Health Universal Healthcare

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