Development Assistance for Health and Government Health Spending

PLoS Medicine
(Accessed 12 May 2012)
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/browse.action?field=date

Does Development Assistance for Health Really Displace Government Health Spending? Reassessing the Evidence
Rajaie Batniji, Eran Bendavid Essay, published 08 May 2012
doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001214

Summary Points
– At the core of the current aid debate is the question of whether development assistance for health provided to developing country governments increases health expenditures.

– It has recently been suggested that development assistance for health to governments leads to a displacement of government spending, reinforcing skepticism about health aid.

– Here we examine a database of public financing for health from 1995 to 2006 and demonstrate that prior conclusions drawn from these data are unstable and driven by outliers.

– While government spending may be displaced by development assistance for health in some settings, the evidence is not robust and is highly variable across countries. We recommend