Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 108 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Apr-2004
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National health accounts (NHA)

Policy-makers need reliable information on the quantity of financial resources used for health, their sources and the way they are used, in order to develop policies to enhance the performance of their health systems. National health accounts (NHA) can provide that information. If undertaken regularly, they reveal trends in health expenditure over time, an essential element in health system monitoring and evaluation. NHA methodology can be used to make financial projections of a country’s health system requirements and compare their own experiences with those of other countries.

NHA provide a basis for tracking external and domestic resources contributed to the health sector in support of global actions to alleviate world poverty and to improve the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). NHA is fast becoming the tool for monitoring resource flows for disease specific analysis such as that for HIV/AIDS.

The World Health Organization has developed a Web site as an example of tools through which WHO promotes knowledge sharing. Vidyya readers will find publications and information about national health accounts throughout the site. Visit the site at

The site is intended to be a site for technicians and policy-makers alike as well as professionals and non-professionals to seek and share information about NHA.

Policy-makers can learn more about the benefits of NHA and how it can be used as a tool in health policy formulation.

Technicians can learn more about how to produce NHA and get advice from the Expert group.

Anyone with an interest in the area can benefit from the country information (database, focal points etc.) as well as the NHA documents and links to other NHA sites or have a look at NHA events. It is a one-stop web site linking to all other work on NHA globally.

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