Comparable estimates of health spending are crucial for the assessment of health systems and to optimally deploy health resources. The methods used to track health spending continue to evolve, but little is known about the distribution of spending across diseases. We developed improved estimates of health spending by source, including development assistance for health, and, for the first time, estimated HIV/AIDS spending on prevention and treatment and by source of funding, for 188 countries.
Financing Global Health 2017 is the ninth edition of IHME’s annual series on global health spending and health financing. In addition to describing the trends in development assistance for health (DAH) and domestic government, prepaid private, and out-of-pocket health spending, this year’s report features a deep dive into financing focused on HIV/AIDS and estimates health care spending and potential gains in UHC service coverage through 2040.
Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) requires health financing systems that provide prepaid pooled resources for key health services without placing undue financial stress on households. Understanding current and future trajectories of health financing is vital for progress towards UHC. We used historical health financing data for 188 countries from 1995 to 2015 to estimate future scenarios of health spending and pooled health spending through to 2040.