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Health Policy Watch Examines WHO Report Outlining Global Public Spending On Health

Health Policy Watch: Health Spending Grows Faster Than Global GDP — But Millions Lack Essential Coverage, U.N. Says
“…[H]uge inequalities persist that prevent millions of people from getting the care they need, according to a new World Health Organization report issued [December 12], the first official United Nations-sponsored Universal Health Coverage Day. The report ‘Public Spending on Health: A Closer Look at Global Trends’ reveals that in low-income countries, the average share of GDP spent on health in 2016 was actually lower than it had been in 2000. Meanwhile, external, aid per capita, had more than doubled across low-income countries, the report states. The data highlights the need for stronger domestic commitments to public health coverage in countries where needs are the often greatest…” (12/12).

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