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Health Financing in the Republic of Gabon [electronic resource] : Policy Note / Karima Saleh.

Author/Creator:
Saleh, Karima.
Publication:
Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, 2014.
Series:
Policy Notes
World Bank e-Library.
Policy Notes
Format/Description:
Government document
Book
1 online resource (1 p.)
Local subjects:
Access to Health Services
Burden of Disease
Child Health
Childbirth
Children
Communicable Diseases
Debt
Decision Making
Equity
Expenditures
Fiscal Policy
Health
Health Care Costs
Health Economics & Finance
Health Finance
Health Insurance
Health Law
Health Monitoring & Evaluation
Health Outcomes
Health Policy
Health System Performance
Health Systems Development & Reform
Health, Nutrition and Population
Hiv/Aids
Hospitals
Human Development
Human Resources
Hygiene
Incentives
Infant Mortality
Insurance
Internet
Knowledge
Law and Development
Life Expectancy
Managed Care
Morbidity
Mortality
Nutrition
Oral Rehydration therapy
Population
Postnatal Care
Poverty
Prevention
Public Expenditure, Financial Management and Procurement
Public Health
Public Sector Governance
Quality Control
Quality of Health Care
Quality of Life
Rehabilitation
Social Protection and Risk Management
Social Safety Nets/Social Assistance
Tuberculosis
Waste
Weight
Workers
Summary:
This is a policy note following from the book Health Financing in the Republic of Gabon. The book is a comprehensive assessment of health financing in the Republic of Gabon. The book reviews the health financing situation in light of the government's introduction of a national health insurance program and its commitment to achieving universal health insurance coverage in the medium term. The book provides a diagnostic of the situation in light of recent data from the demographic and health survey, updated national health accounts, and a review of public expenditures in the health sector. Additionally, it performs a benchmarking exercise to assess how Gabon performs in its health spending and health outcomes compared to countries of similar income and compared to countries in the region. A forthcoming household survey is expected to provide better information on financial protection against illness costs. This book attempts to diagnose Gabon's current situation in regards to achieving universal health coverage. Gabon should be commended for its commitment to improving health indicators of the poor and the underserved. The book shows that while the government has set an ambitious goal for itself, several challenges exist in meeting these objectives in the medium term as follows (i) resource mobilization efforts are a priority to sustain its programs financially; (ii) to prioritize resources for areas considered, value for money, to improve equity in access and delivery of health services, with particular focus on primary care, public health program, and quality of care; (iii) to increase the population's coverage under the national health insurance program, with focus on the poor and the informal sector workers; and (v) to consider areas that would improve efficiency and reduce costs. The book is timely, given that the government has recently produced, the Plan Social. It provides a diagnostic of the health sector and provides key recommendations and options for the government to consider in the short to medium term.
Contributor:
Saleh, Karima.
Couttolenc, Bernard F.
Barroy, Helene.
Publisher Number:
10.1596/24580
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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