The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development will today launch a study designed to measure the health spending, including spending on HIV/AIDS, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
The SVG National Health Accounts study will see participants being drawn from key government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and insurance companies.
The study will be launched with a half day-workshop facilitated by technical staff from the University of West Indies Centre for Health Economics and Abt Associates.
The objectives of the half-day workshop are to define and provide an overview of National Health Accounts; to discuss the main ways that National Health Accounts data can support health financing reforms in SVG; to present the timeline for the National Health Accounts implementation; and to review the important roles that key stakeholders can play to facilitate data collection and analysis.
The workshop will also seek to outline future expected results and their implications for ongoing and upcoming health financing initiatives in SVG.