23 March 2017 - Progress towards UHC requires sustainable public financing that is channelled through strong and responsive public financial management (PFM) systems. PFM improvements generally benefit the health sector. However, specific health sector challenges require flexibility to enable effective implementation of health financing policies. This document lays out areas where PFM systems are crucial for the effective implementation of health financing policy in support of UHC and offers guidance for improving alignment. It is meant to facilitate productive dialog between health and finance authorities to enable a coordinated reform approach.
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13 March 2017 – During 2016 WHO finalised a revamp of its health financing website to make it more useful for users, launched the first e-learning course on health financing policy now with over 2 000 participants, and on Universal Health Coverage Day 2016 established the online Health Financing Technical Network to connect globally those interested in health financing policy.
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February 2017 – All countries, whatever their levels of income, face the question of how to find additional resources for health in a sustainable and realistic manner. Fiscal space commonly refers to the budgetary room in which a government can provide resources for public purposes without undermining fiscal sustainability.
The concept of fiscal space in health helps to place health within the context of the broader economic and fiscal environment, and looks at ways to improve the use of sector resources. The drive to implement universal health coverage has reinvigorated the interest in this topic.
The manner by which public and private health insurance developed in Chile resulted in a health financing system that segmented the population by income and health risk. This resulted in inequitable access and use of health services and outcomes, with the richer population covered by private insurance enjoying much greater benefits than the rest.
In 2005, a reform known as Universal Access with Explicit Guarantees (AUGE) was designed and implemented to provide a defined set of benefits to citizens irrespective of their public or private insurance status.