health reportThe revelation of the World Health Organization (WHO) through a ‘careful study’ published in its report on health in the World 2010 presented yesterday at CESAG: worldwide, 20-40% of health resources are wasted . This report is entitled ‘financing health systems, the path to universal coverage’.

The use ‘inefficient and inequitable health resources’ is one of the obstacles to faster progress towards universal coverage, according to who . and its report on the world health revealed that 20 to 40% of health resources are being wasted. gold, he notes, reducing this waste would greatly improve the ability of health systems to provide quality services and to improve health.

‘Well, thanks to the optimization of efficiency, the health department can more easily determine the merits of a case in order to obtain additional funds from the Ministry of Finance, “notes the organization united nations health. One of the authors of this report, jean perrot, representative WHo Geneva at the launch of the report in Dakar, revealed that the money for the health sector is not always well used.

Hence the call to ‘do better’ and manage resources rationally. ‘Sometimes, the money is used for things that are not necessarily useful,’ he said, citing the money spent on seminars. in his opinion, should have been, in some cases, doing otherwise and get better results with lower costs.

However, jean michel invites to not take these numbers as orders of magnitude because the range between 20 and 40% is huge and the real difference is between countries. In addition to the inefficient use of resources, other fundamental problems that are closely related preventing countries to move closer to universal coverage. resource availability is a factor. according to the report, no country, regardless of its wealth, could not guarantee to all its people immediate access to all the technologies and interventions that can improve health or prolong life. at the other end of the scale, in the poorest countries, few services are available to all.

The other barrier to universal coverage is, according to who, excessive reliance on direct payments at the time the people need care. They include payments of OTC drugs as well as fees for consultations and interventions. although people have health insurance, they may have to pay more as a package, to share, co-payment or deductible ‘, the report of the who. the document on the world health also stressed that the obligation to pay directly for services, that payment be formal or informal, prevents millions of people receiving medical care they need. and further that ‘for those who need treatment, this can lead to serious financial difficulties, even impoverishment.’

‘The health is priceless, but it has a cost, “notes dr jeanne nama diarra, representing the who in Dakar. and it explains the whole meaning of the choice of the who wear its report on world health 2010 on the ‘financing of health systems, the path to universal coverage.’ and to achieve universal coverage, aspects of protection against financial risks and the availability of quality health service must go hand in hand.