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What does it mean ?
Full Name:Per capita public funds for health in current PPP
Full Unit:$ (current PPP per capita)
Year-range of Data:2003 - 2014
Source:WHO Global Health Expenditure Database
Link :http://apps.who.int/nha/database/select/indicators/en
Date Source Published:29th April 2016
Date Source Accessed:1st May 2016

The following countries had no data:
Angola, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Niger, SADR, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan

Alternative Data Sources

Per Capita Public Funds for Health

What does it mean ?

This indicator shows how much of the governments own resources are allocated to health per person. It is expressed in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) international dollars. PPP is a hypothetical exchange rate that allows us to compare expenditure across countries while taking into account differences in the cost of living.

Why does it matter ?

This indicator can tell us whether the government spends enough of its own resources per person on health in order to guarantee universal coverage of essential services, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women. It is important for the government to allocate enough money on health in order for everyone to access the health services they need, regardless of their ability to pay. While donor funds also make an important contribution, they may not be spent according to the country's priorities and may not be reliable over the long-term. There is no consensus on how much money, spent on health, is enough, as different countries will have different needs. However 54 (PPP) international dollars is often used as a minimum benchmark – this was the minimum required to achieve the health MDGs according to the 2010 Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems.

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 Per capita public funds for health instead of the figures that appear in AHS data visualisations. The most recent alternative figure supplied by these countries in 2014, by source are: NA.

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 Organization’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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