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.
This edition of IHME's annual Financing Global Health report, the 12th in the series, provides updated estimates of spending on health, development assistance for health, and projections of future health spending.
Explore patterns of global health financing flows from 1990 to 2050 in an updated tool. View trends in global health spending with interactive bar charts, maps, and line graphs. For the first time, see tuberculosis spending estimates for low- and middle-income countries from 2000 to 2017.
Read the latest news releases from IHME about published health financing research. See upcoming events that IHME will attend, host, or participate in concerning health financing.
A new study tracking global health spending finds that $13.7 billion in development assistance for health (DAH) went toward COVID-19 in 2020, contributing to a 35.7% increase in DAH spending compared to 2019.