How much do we spend on health and what are we achieving? This course focuses on the challenges and opportunities of tracking expenditures and assessing efficiencies to meet strategic objectives and inform policy and health system reforms.
This course will provide an introduction on the challenges and opportunities of tracking expenditures in the health sector, measuring the efficiency and equity of a health system, and using providers payment systems to achieve strategic health sector objectives. The course will introduce basic economic concepts, indicators, and methodological considerations, while keeping a pragmatic lens on the implications for informing policy dialogue and health sector reforms. The course will draw from practices and experiences in low- and middle-income countries that are fully relevant for high income countries as well. International experts will present case studies providing real world experiences from different regions/countries on concepts learned during the course. Participants are invited to actively contribute to the discussion by sharing experiences from their own countries, to help fill the mission of mutual learning for change.
By the end of the course participants will:
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course. The course targets participants interested in how to measure, track, and drive the performance of the health sector and how this influences policy dialogue and the implementation/monitoring of health sector strategies in low- and middle-income countries (although the issues discussed in the course are also fully relevant to high income countries). The course can also be of interest for persons involved in development programs in low- and middle-income countries that have a health component or participants conducting research on similar topics.
At least one facilitator will be on-site in Lugano, and some will join online. Participants are welcomed to join either on-site in Lugano, or online. In case of a change of regional policies (e.g., Covid) or personal reasons, the course could change to online.