Health Financing Revisited: A Practitioner's Guide addresses the major changes in global health and financing policy that have occurred over the past 10 years. As a result of the global focus on poverty reduction, new global health threats from HIV/AIDS, SARS, and avian influenza, and the international community's adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), global health policy has now become a development, national security, and humanitarian issue for all countries. Significant amounts of increased resources for development assistance, much of it targeted to health, have subsequently been forthcoming.
This report assesses health financing policies for their ability to improve health outcomes, provide financial protection, and ensure consumer satisfaction – in a equitable, efficient, and financially sustainable manner. It is intended to equip policy-makers at global and country levels with the tools for navigating this extremely complex domain by providing an overview of health financing policy in developing countries and is a primer on major health financing and fiscal issues.
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Complete Report (PDF 1.7MB)
Table of Contents, Foreword & Achnowledgements (PDF 91kb)
Executive Summary (PDF 132kb)
Overview (PDF 293kb)
Chapter 1: Health transitions, disease burdens, and health expenditure patterns (PDF 157kb)
Chapter 2: Collecting revenue, pooling risk, and purchasing services (PDF 181kb)
Chapter 3: Risk pooling mechansims (PDF 282kb)
Chapter 4: External assistance for health (PDF 224kb)
Chapter 5: Improving health outcomes (PDF 151kb)
Chapter 6: Increasing the efficiency of government spending (PDF 163kb)
Chapter 7: Financing health in low-income countries (PDF 255kb)
Chapter 8: Financing health in middle-income countries (PDF 194kb)
Chapter 9: Financing health in high-income countries (PDF 206kb)
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Presentation: Health Financing Revisited (June 2007)
HNPFlash Newsletter: Health Financing Revisited (April 2006)
Economic Viewpoint (June 2006)