Global Spending on Health: A World in Transition
This 2019 report Global health spending: A world in transition examines how countries progress towards financing UHC in a world in transition. It updates the upward trends in global health spending, confirming the increasing convergence of middle-income countries towards high income countries’ health spending profiles, with increased domestic and public spending and the decreasing role of overseas development assistance.
It is generally agreed that countries “cannot manage what they cannot measure”. Thus, policy makers in Member States and stakeholders are progressively more aware of the value of tracking resources for health.
Through the Health Accounts Country Platform, WHO provides countries with the accounting framework System of Health Accounts (SHA) 2011, tools and technical support to institutionalize and set up a harmonized, integrated platform for annual and timely collection of health expenditure data.
What is System of Health Accounts 2011?
The System of Health Accounts (SHA) 2011 framework is an internationally recognized methodology that tracks all health spending in a given country over a defined period of time regardless of the entity or institution that financed and managed that spending. It ensures comparability of health expenditure across countries and over time.
The purpose of the SHA 2011 is to generate consistent and comprehensive data on health spending in a country, which in turn can contribute to evidence-based policy-making in the country.