Health Financing Reforms for Controlling Non-Communicable Diseases in LMICs
THE LANCET Global Health Blog offer a highly interesting read, on the need for reforming the way health care and health promotion are financed, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
“Controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has become a central priority for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where 80% of deaths from NCDs already take place and prevalence is likely to rise. It is for this reason that NCDs will be a major focus of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be adopted later this year.
“Thus far, the discussion on tackling NCDs has focused on food and tobacco policies and delivery reforms needed in LMICs where few providers are trained to manage these conditions and health systems are not designed to provide continuity of care. However, most LMICs also have health financing policies at odds with the incentives needed for efficient NCD care.
“Several reforms are needed in order to bring these health financing systems in line with the demands of this growing disease burden…”