A System of Health Accounts
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A System of Health Accounts

2011 Edition

A System of Health Accounts 2011 provides a systematic description of the financial flows related to the consumption of health care goods and services. As demands for information increase and more countries implement and institutionalise health accounts according to the system, the data produced are expected to be more comparable, more detailed and more policy relevant.

This new edition builds on the original OECD Manual, published in 2000, and the Guide to Producing National Health Accounts to create a single global framework for producing health expenditure accounts that can help track resource flows from sources to uses. The Manual is the result of a four-year collaborative effort between the OECD, WHO and the European Commission, and sets out in more detail the boundaries, the definitions and the concepts – responding to health care systems around the globe – from the simplest to the more complicated.

10 Oct 2011

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Achieving consensus on a common boundary of health care activities is crucial for the complex task of international comparisons. In pursuing this objective, SHA refers to a functional approach based on selected health care activities that can be captured by transactions. Transactions are valued activities that take place between different actors or organisations. The transactions recorded in the SHA accounting framework relate to health care goods and services provided and consumed to improve the health status of individuals and of the population as a whole.
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