Beyond Production: Using Health Financing Information to Inform Decisions that Improve Health Systems

Resource Type: Brief
Authors: Karishmah Bhuwanee, Stephen Musau and Heather Cogswell
Published: April 2018

Resource Description: Health financing information, such as information on a country’s health spending, health costs, and efficiency, is vital to making informed decisions about national health systems. Yet, while good-quality information is available to many ministries of health, there is great variability among countries in whether and how the information is used. Good-quality health financing information alone does not guarantee its use: decision makers balance many other factors when deciding on a course of action.In its six years supporting the production and analysis of health financing information at a global and country level, the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project observed that strong country ownership in the process and strategic packaging of information to reach specific audiences are key elements in ensuring the use of health financing information for decision-making.

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