Financing and fiscal space for universal health

universal health

Investing in health is a whole-of-society commitment and a requirement for sustainable development. The links between health, development and economic growth have been well established with abundant evidence that demonstrates the benefits of increased health investment for sustainable human development, eco­nomic growth and population well-being.

However, health systems are under-funded and characterized by segmentation and fragmentation in financing and service provision, with inefficiencies in the allocation and use of limited resources. These problems result in poorer health outcomes and contribute to persistent poverty and inequities, with the greatest impact on popu­lations in conditions of vulnerability.

This thematic series is published with the aim of contributing evidence and options towards the goal of increasing priority for health. The series includes articles on the relationship between public expenditure in health and economic growth in the Americas, trends on public expenditure in health and specific options in individual countries (Bolivia, Honduras and Peru), tobacco taxation in the Caribbean sub-region, and the role of National Health Accounts in countries’ decision-making processes, among others. The evidence presented in this series spanning from August 2018 to November 2018 is intended to open the door for discussion on how to address the challenges currently facing health systems financing using an innovative approach.

Investing in universal health in the Americas

Carissa F. Etienne
Editorial | PDF: | Published 10 August 2018

Fiscal space for sustainable financing of health systems and universal health

Camilo Cid-Pedraza, Juan Pablo Pagano, Claudia Pescetto and Lorena Prieto
Overview  l PDF: | Translation published 26 September 2019

Fiscal space for Health in the Americas: is economic growth sufficient?

Camilo Cid Pedraza, Mauricio Matus-López and Ernesto Báscolo
Original research | PDF: | Translation published 30 October 2019

Evaluation of fiscal space for health in Bolivia

Mauricio Matus-López, Desiderio Cansino Pozo, Camilo Cid Pedraza, Werner Valdés Romero
Original research | PDF: | Translation published 26 September 2019

Health accounts from past to present for a political arithmetic

Magdalena Rathe, Patricia Hernández, Cornelis Van Mosseveld,Claudia Pescetto,and Nathalie Van de Maele
Special report | PDF: | Published 21 September 2018

Fiscal space for health in Honduras

Lorena Prieto Toledo, Vilma Montañez Ginocchio and Camilo Cid-Pedraza
Original research | PDF:    | Published 18 October 2018

Determinants of out-of-pocket spending on health among the poor population served by public health services in Peru, 2010–2014

Margarita Petrera Pavone and Eduardo Jiménez Sánchez
Original research | PDF: | Translation published 26 September 2019

Increased taxation on cigarettes in Grenada: potential effects on consumption and revenue

Althea La Foucade, Samuel Gabriel, Ewan Scott, Charmaine Metivier, Karl Theodore, Anton Cumberbatch, T. Alafia Samuels, Nigel Unwin, Christine Laptiste, and Stanley Lalta
Original research l PDF:   l Published 27 December 2018

An assessment of fiscal space for public health in Peru

Mauricio Matus-López, Lorena Prieto Toledo and Camilo Cid Pedraza
Original research |  | Translation published 26 September 2019


Interested readers are invited to download the free related publication, available in Spanish.
Espacio fiscal para la salud en América Latina y el Caribe (2018)

Fiscal space for health in Suriname (2018)