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IHME Study Examines Levels Of U.S. Development Assistance For Health Compared With Other Nations

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: U.S. provides most development assistance for health, but lags behind other nations in spending per person
“A new study finds that while the United States consistently has provided more funding for development assistance for health (DAH) than any other country, some high-income European nations have far surpassed the U.S.’s assistance in per capita and other expenditure measurements. [The] study, published in the December issue of Health Affairs journal, examines DAH trends in 23 high-income nations between 1990 and 2016, and analyzes each country’s contribution relative to its population, share of public sector spending, and national economy. Additionally, many countries, including the U.S., make contributions below agreed-upon international targets for development assistance. Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington found spending increased more than fivefold between 1990 and 2016, from $7.1 billion to $37.6 billion; however, this growth has slowed dramatically in recent years…” (12/4).

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