MacroHealth is a simulation tool of the fiscal space available for the health sector, given the state of the economy and public finance. It is applicable to all countries, regardless of how a country's health system is financed and organised. Its principal use is to assess the amount of funds at the macro-level that are likely to be available for health from various sources over a 10 year period. This can help policymakers ascertain the feasibility of increased government health expenditure under different circumstances.
Examples of policy questions MacroHealth can help answer
Economic growth forecasts have been revised up/down.
Q. What are the likely implications for government spending on health and total health expenditure?
External resources for health are expected to increase in the next few years.
Q. What are the likely implications for total health expenditure, taking into account partial fungibility between external and domestic resources?
The government aims to increase its allocation to health, reaching 15% of general government expenditure after ten years.
Q. How feasible is this policy likely to be?
Q. How much would government health expenditure increase if this is achieved?
Q. To what extent could this policy reduce out-of-pocket expenditures of health?
Q. What impact would this have on other (non-health) departments?