[PDF] Making the economic case for investing in health systems : what is the evidence that health systems advance economic and fiscal objectives?

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies;WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe)
Publication date:
23 August 2018


This policy brief is one of a new series to meet the needs of policy-makers and health system managers. The aim is to develop key messages to support evidence-informed policy-making. This policy brief contends that, despite these common concerns, strong arguments can be made that health systems can play an important and largely favourable role in the economy. In fact, it finds evidence that the economic and fiscal objectives of finance-policy-makers are in many respects actively promoted by health systems or that this could be achieved if adequate, stable resources were made available.