Measuring health spending and results to improve health sector performance and meet strategic objectives and inform policy reforms

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.

Measuring health spending and results to improve health sector performance and meet strategic objectives and inform policy reforms
At a glance
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22
-
&
24/8/2024
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9:00
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15:00
CEST
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Format: 
Hybrid
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Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate

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About the course

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.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know methods and challenges for tracking expenditure in the health sector, what are common practical challenges, and why it is critical for policy dialogue/health sector reforms;
  • Get a basic understanding of methods and indicators for measuring the efficiency of the health sector, and be able to discuss practical challenges and implications for decision making;
  • Learn about provider payment systems, pros and cons of each and how these can be used to achieve strategic objectives of the health sector.

Prerequisites

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.

Pedagogical methods

  • Introductory lectures on:
    1) Tracking expenditure in health: challenges and implications; 
    2) Measuring the performance/efficiency of the health sector;
    3) Using providers payment systems to improve the performance of the health sector.
  • Case studies from Africa, Latin America and South Asia presented by world/country experts in the topic;
  • Group discussion and exchanges between participants on country specific challenges and approaches used to resolved them.

Pedagogical methods

Assessment procedure

To get the Certificate of completion and the 1ECTS participants MUST:

  • Attend at least 80%of the course;
  • Attend the plenary(s) offered during the days of the course;
  • Actively participate in the introductory lectures;
  • Actively participate in in group exercises and group discussions.

Format description

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.

At a glance
Date icon
22
-
&
24/8/2024
Schedule icon
9:00
-
15:00
/16.30 CEST 
Zoom icon
Format: 
Hybrid
Star icon
Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate