Given the challenges faced by health systems, an effective dialogue across government agencies responsible for health outcomes is critical. To help facilitate this dialogue, the OECD Joint Network of Senior Budget and Health Officials brings together people from ministries of finance, health and social security agencies.
Over the years, the Network has provided an effective space for government officials to openly discuss challenges and solutions to the fiscal sustainability of health systems. Since 2015, this Network has expanded beyond OECD member countries, in partnership with the World Health Organization, The Global Fund and other international institutions. Regional networks exist in Asia, Central Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
THE FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE FOR HEALTH
Health expenditure has typically outpaced economic growth. Latest OECD projections estimate the average annual change in health spending will be twice as high as the change in government revenues from 2023 to 2040
… and two percentage points higher than the potential GDP growth.
HOW TO ADDRESS THE FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY OF HEALTH SYSTEMS CHALLENGE?
The OECD Joint Network works across three pillars of health financing to address the fiscal sustainability of health systems challenge:
1. Resource mobilsation - the process through which countries raise funds to finance health services
UPCOMING PROJECTS OF THE JOINT NETWORK
NEXT FLAGSHIP REPORT – COMING 2024
APPLYING GOOD BUDGETING PRACTICES TO HEALTH – COMING END 2023
MEETINGS OF the Joint Network
The meetings of the OECD Joint Network on Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems provide a valuable space for health and finance officials to increase their understanding of policy responses at the intersection of health policy and public finance. The Joint Network holds annual meetings for OECD member countries in Paris and regional network meetings for members and non-members. The regional meetings are held in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the World Health Organization.
OECD member countries network:
KEY OUTPUTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Country case studies on health financing and budgeting practices for health:
Through the OECD Joint Network of Senior Budget and Health Officials, the OECD Secretariat provides expertise on health budgeting, expenditure and public management to help public sector officials improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health financing. In particular the Secretariat’s experts provide:
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