Financing health promotion: policy options : Report of a regional consultation, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15-17 December 2008
AbstractThis report presents the background information, record of deliberations and outcomes of the regional workshop organized to examine potential innovative financing options for health promotion in countries of the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region. The meeting was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 15-17 December 2008. It is evident that empowerment of people and communities to reduce ill-health and/or premature deaths cannot occur unless adequate resources are made available. A regional and global overview on health financing shows that countries in the SEA Region experience the highest out-of-pocket payments for accessing health services. To reverse or halt this trend, it was concluded that prudent efficiency in allocation of resources, and accountability were essential in the context of health services. The agreed actions include but are not limited to establishing and enforcement of policies and regulations; ensuring adequate allocation from government revenue; introducing various types of insurance (health, social, community or private); earmarking resources from dedicated taxes on alcohol, tobacco, gasoline or road-use fees; and promoting transparency and accountability, and improving the efficiency of financial management.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Financing health promotion: policy options : Report of a regional consultation, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15-17 December 2008. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205073