Devex Examines Governments’ Willingness To Frame Health Care Financing As Capital Investment

Devex: Should governments see health care as an ‘investment’?
“…At budget debates and investor pitches, alike, leaders of the global health architecture are increasingly eager to frame health funding as a capital investment. And it is central to the case for domestic financing for universal health coverage — the idea that now dominates the global health agenda and has earned its own high-level meeting during the September United Nations General Assembly. The upcoming meeting in New York raises questions about the implications of positioning health financing as an investment, including whether that approach aligns with the vision of inclusive health services that is at the core of UHC and whether it can guarantee sustainability given the political reality that governments often prize investments that offer more immediate returns…” (Green, 9/13).