Civil society has a role in raising the issues of fair financing in health systems and the increasing demand for public accountability in managing public funds

There is now policy consensus that out-of-pocket payments, such as user fees, are less equitable than tax, insurance and pre-payment approaches (WHO, 2000). The fundamental issue, however, has not yet been addressed.

What capacities and systems need to be put in place to ensure that national revenue is fairly allocated and that local funds are raised, managed and allocated in a manner that builds public accountability and responds to informed public demand?

The next module explores ways in which the social networks and capacities within civil society facilitate risk pooling and solidarity based financing and enhance public accountability in the allocation and management of funds.


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"Community participation"

Financing health systems

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