Health Financing and Economics
As highlighted by WHO, improved health financing is a cornerstone of ensuring universal coverage and equitable access to health care services for all. Health financing policies and strategies are concerned with questions such as: how to raise sufficient funds for the health sector, how to reduce the financial barriers that prevent many poor from accessing health care or force them into financial hardship when paying for services, and how to provide an equitable and effective mix of health services (World Health Report 2010). Integrated approaches to health financing combining improved government regulations, budgeting mechanisms, insurance schemes and targeted provider and patient incentives form part of any health system that works to ensure effective and efficient use of funds.
EHG offers technical assistance geared towards assessing existing financial situations and systems including conducting cost-effectiveness analysis and resource allocation assessments, design financial policies and procedures for planning and budgeting, designing health financing and cost-recovery strategies and health insurance schemes including waivers and exemptions schemes, staff benefit plans, costing treatment regimens and services and provide technical assistance for capital investment planning. EHG has expertise in undertaking financial and economic evaluations and reviews (such as public expenditure reviews), modelling and costing of medicines and supplies. The design and review of results-based and performance-based financing programmes, including external verification and audits, is also part of our portfolio.