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What does it mean ?
Full Name:General government expenditure on health as a percentage of general government expenditure
Full Unit:Percentage (%)
Year-range of Data:2014
Source:WHO Global Health Expenditure Database
Link :http://apps.who.int/nha/database
Date Source Published:29th April 2016
Date Source Accessed:10th May 2016

The following countries had no data:
SADR, Somalia

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General Gov Exp on Health as % of GGE

What does it mean ?

This is the proportion of health resources spent by government on health care services and goods per year as a percentage of all government spending in that year. Government spending on health includes expenditure from the health budget, but also any health spending by government-owned agencies as well as compulsory insurance payments.

Why does it matter ?

This is a core indicator to show the financial priority accorded to health by government. A functioning health care system drastically reduces morbidity and mortality in a country, particularly of vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women and those suffering from disease. The Abuja Call, which was supported by African Union heads of state and government in 2001, calls for the allocation of 15% of the national budget to health.

How is it collected ?

The preferred source of data for this indicator is a National Health Account, which is an internationally agreed method for collecting information about all financial flows related to health in a country. Where a recent National Health Account is not available, the WHO’s health financing team attempts to collect similar information using technical contacts in-country and publicly available documents.

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Summary Definition, Methodology for Collection and Calculation

Alternative Data Sources

The data for each indicator on African Health Stats (AHS) are published by the UN agency, or UN inter-agency group, which holds responsibility for global monitoring of the indicator. This varies by indicator. Please refer to ‘Data Source’. AHS uses data from these sources because such data are internationally comparable and it is the mandate of those agencies to prepare such data and monitor progress internationally. In some cases the UN agency has made adjustments to the data in order to make national data internationally comparable, for example they may adjust national estimates to account for differences in survey design, the extent of potential underreporting, and the definition of what is being measured (eg. maternal deaths). This means that at times there may be discrepancies between national and international estimates. Individual countries may prefer to instead rely on national figures for national monitoring. For uniformity, AHS uses only international estimates of the UN agencies in data visualisations.

In 2014, the following countries communicated that they use alternative figures to monitor the indicator General Government expenditure on health as % of GGE instead of the figures that appear in AHS data visualisations. The most recent alternative figure supplied by these countries in 2014, by source are: Zimbabwe 2013 7 (no source).

Collection Summary

The preferred source of data for this indicator is a National Health Account, which is an internationally agreed method for collecting information about all financial flows related to health in a country. This method establishes where these funds come from (e.g.: public, private or external sources), who decides how these funds are used, which type of health care providers receive the funds, and which type of health services benefit from these funds. These financial flows are tracked by measuring transactions between different levels of the system.

Where a recent National Health Account is not available, the World Health Organisation’s health financing team attempts to collect similar information using technical contacts in-country and publicly available documents such as national accounts or public expenditure reviews. Estimates are validated by Ministries of Health.

For more information, visit: http://apps.who.int/nha/database/DocumentationCentre/Index/en

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