In recent years, global resources for improving health have grown rapidly in most countries. Now more than ever, objective, comparable, and comprehensive information on national and international financial resources from all of the different funding channels is necessary to make the best decisions about where to invest and to understand the kind of impact investments are making. In addition to this, disease-specific funding can be used to inform policy, identify gaps, and assess effectiveness and tradeoffs. While previous research on global health resource flows yielded important estimates and findings, ongoing research focuses on disease-specific spending, focusing on trends in donor financing and domestic spending.
IHME’s Health Financing research tracks these different financial streams to estimate DAH from 1990 to the current year, along with disease-specific spending and future spending projections to assess the potential for gains in health service coverage and improved health outcomes. We also examine how public resources for domestic health spending relate to incoming development assistance from external sources, track out-of-pocket and prepaid private expenditures on health, and research the composition of resources that are relevant to policymaking. We examine whether the distribution of global health resources reflects current global health priorities by classifying resources according to their disease focus, the health system function that they attempt to strengthen, the type of input, and the target population. These results can be viewed using our Financing Global Health data visualization.
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.
Explore patterns of global health financing flows from 1990 to 2040 in a revamped tool. View trends in global health spending with interactive bar charts, maps, and scatterplots. Explore levels and changes over time by source, channel, recipient region, and health focus and program area. For the first time, see HIV spending for every country from 2000 to 2015.
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 toward 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.
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.
Highlights from the Financing Global Health 2017 report including trends in health spending, development assistance for health (DAH), HIV spending, and universal health coverage.
On Wednesday, April 18 from 12:00-1:30pm, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation will co-host a discussion on the current state of financing for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event will also serve as the launch of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)’s Financing Global Health 2017 annual report and an updated IHME interactive data visualization resource.