Health Financing is front and center on the global health stage as more countries strive to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and preserve their health gains in the face of declining in donor funds.
Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM). Low and middle-income country governments and their donor partners are conducting numerous analytical and advocacy efforts to mobilize the substantial domestic resources that will be required to meet ambitious goals such as UHC. HFG has provided operational support in Bangladesh, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, and Vietnam and has provided analytical support in Angola, Benin, Burundi, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Lesotho, Namibia, Philippines, and South Africa.
Expanding Coverage through Health Insurance. Health insurance systems have exploded across lower- and middle income countries to protect people from unpredictable and often catastrophic spending on health care. HFG has supported 9 countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Vietnam – to develop, sustain and expand their health insurance activities.
Strategic Purchasing. If used effectively, strategic purchasing can enable a country’s health system to make the best use of available resources to serve the needs of its people and improve health outcomes, making it an attractive tool for countries working to achieve UHC within financial constraints. HFG has supported strategic purchasing reform in 11 countries – Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam – and has developed an analytic framework to support policymakers in the evaluation and improvement of strategic purchasing in their health system.
Financial Data for Decision-Making. 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. HFG has supported 52 resource tracking exercises, such as health accounts, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness studies in 23 countries around the world. Check out this INTERACTIVE MAP to learn how health accounts have impacted health policy.
Health Financing Strategies define how resources will be collected, pooled, and used to purchase health services for the population and typically result from a structured policy-making process. HFG has supported the development of health financing strategies in 6 countries – Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Vietnam.