World Health Report (The)
Health Systems Financing: the Path to Universal Coverage
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241564021 ISBN-10    9241564024
Order Number    12402010 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    40.00 / US$    48.00 Developing countries:    CHF    20.00
English     2010        128   pages
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The promotion and protection of health is essential to human welfare and to sustained economic and social development. People rate health as being one of their most important priorities but timely access to appropriate health services requires a well-functioning health financing system.

WHO's Member States have set themselves the target of developing their health financing systems to ensure that all people can use health services, while being protected against financial hardship associated with paying for them.

In this report, the World Health Organization maps out what countries can do to modify their financing systems so they can move more quickly to universal coverage, and sustain the gains that have been achieved. The report builds on new research and lessons learnt from country experience. It provides an action agenda for countries at all stages of development and proposes ways that the international community can better support efforts in low-income countries to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes.