National Health Accounts of Kazakhstan

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This report assesses how Kazakhstan measures up in the development and application of its national health accounts, delivering a set of recommendations to improve the country’s health care financing information. As Kazakhstan has made significant economic progress over recent decades, health has risen on the policy agenda with a number of sector reforms introduced to modernise the system and improve the health of the population. Informing this agenda and monitoring progress towards health system goals requires accurate, timely and comprehensive information on health care financing and spending. A clear understanding of the resource allocations and drivers in the health sector is a prerequisite to support health system performance in Kazakhstan.

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Assessment and recommendations

Country experience has shown that the development and institutionalisation of National Health Accounts (NHA) is a cornerstone in the provision of sound evidence on health financing and resource allocations. The establishment of strong governance structures, sufficient capacity and sustainable processes to produce regular, accurate and timely data is important in better informing health policy and budgetary decisions. At the national level, timely and accurate measures can assist in monitoring progress against stated health system objectives, such as moves towards universal health coverage, the reduction of the financial burden on households, or the introduction of health system and financing reforms. Furthermore, the production of such data and indicators according to recognised standards and definitions is seen as important in benchmarking health spending in a meaningful international context.


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