This policy brief outlines what community based health insurance is and why it is important to discuss it in relation to universal health coverage. It explores how community based health insurance fits into health financing policy and its key characteristics and effects of CBHI on progress towards UHC. Evidence of community based health insurance based on theory and practice is presented to show their impact on population coverage, utilisation of health services and financial protection.
Coverage, access and financial protection in Europe: a regional overview
The WHO Regional Office for Europe initiated a multi-year project in 2015 to strengthen the monitoring of financial protection and generate new evidence on progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Working through the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening, part of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, the Regional Office has developed an approach to monitoring financial protection that aims to be relevant to all Member States in the region, generate actionable evidence for policy, and promote pro-poor policies to break the link between poverty and ill health.
Improving the quality of care in the public health system in Bangladesh: building on new evidence and current policy levers
Bangladesh has been implementing health sectoral policies as well as an institutional arrangement on improving quality of care since the 2010s. This Bangladesh HiT Policy Note reviews current policy framework and identifies gaps and key policy opportunities in the light of international evidence.
December 2016 – Fiscal space is a very important concept for health financing reform to support universal health coverage. This paper is the first comprehensive review of studies from more than 40 low- and middle-income countries to explore how the concept of fiscal space is applied and used. Analysis explores results of country-level projections of fiscal space and assesses the main methods used to project fiscal space for health. This review complements the programme of work under the Collaborative Agenda on Fiscal Space, Public Financial Management and Health Financing.
All documents and publications on the WHO health financing policy website are listed here sorted by document type for easy access. Please choose a category below to access the documents. The list is updated continually.
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- Benefit package
- Budget transfers to health coverage schemes
- Community-based health insurance
- Conditional cash transfers
- Domestic revenue generation
- Equity in health financing
- External funding for health
- Financial protection
- Fiscal space
- Free health care policies
- Governance and health financing
- Health financing policy
- Informal sector
- Innovative financing for health
- Performance-based financing
- Purchasing and provider payment systems
- Public financial management
- Public health taxes
- Resource tracking
- Revenue raising
- Social health insurance
- Sustainable financing for UHC
- User fees and co-payments
- Voluntary health insurance