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Apr 09, 2014

Is "Value for Money" the best Approach for Improving Weak Health Systems?

Is "Value for Money" the best Approach for Improving Weak Health Systems?

Basel, 9 April 2014. The aid community now systematically refers to the “Value for Money” (VfM) concept in relation to health programmes. Still, the concept has varying meaning among individuals and agencies. It spans benchmarking the costs of certain products, to focusing exclusively on high level impact indicators. Applying universal standards in very different contexts can be counterproductive, force missed opportunities, and devalue the need for “patient capital” and long-term capacity development. Consider the situation of countries with weak health systems - where health conditions are dire, and resources are limited. Is VfM the mantra that leads to the most prudent allocation of investments?

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