Getting more for our current spending is a smart way to improve health system performance. That rings especially true in the current context: budgets are tight and health expenditures are projected to increase by 3% annually in real terms. Increasing the returns to health spending is good for health outcomes and it can support the argument for increasing the relatively low … [Read more...] about Is it possible to achieve more health per dollar spent? Potential gains by improving health spending efficiency
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) saw important advances on the green transition. Still, it also helped shape the climate agenda in other ways, including recognizing health policy as a critical area to address regarding climate change. A health day was recognized for the first time, with leaders emphasizing the importance of protecting people from the impact … [Read more...] about A healthy discussion: the health sector in the climate agenda
Does expanding social protection schemes substantially increase informality? Whether there is such a trade-off is a key question for policymakers wanting to protect workers and their families from economic and health shocks but concerned not to generate negative side-effects. The case for social protection is clear. There are global commitments such as the … [Read more...] about Does health insurance for the informal sector have an impact on formal employment?
What a Pan-American Highway for Digital Health would enable is that, if a person from El Salvador travels to Jamaica and experiences a health complication, their doctors could access their medical history and learn, for example, that the person is allergic to penicillin, among other relevant health data. This Pan-American Highway for Digital Health is possible, and the … [Read more...] about RELACSIS 4.0: a Pan-American Highway for Digital Health is possible and 33 countries know it
Creating an electronic health record system might at times seem like an impossible undertaking, and it is true that building a successful system is no simple task. Such a system gives physicians access to complete information on patients, including all previous interactions with the health sector, the medications they take, and even socioeconomic factors that may be related to … [Read more...] about A national electronic health record system: two lessons from Costa Rica