A good health financing system raises adequate funds for health in ways that ensure people can use needed services, and are protected from financial catastrophe or impoverishment associated with having to pay for them. It provides incentives for suppliers and users to be efficient.
The 2010 World Health Report articulates that health financing is the path to universal coverage. WHO outlines how countries can modify their financing systems to move faster towards universal coverage, and to sustain the achievements. WHO Member States have agreed to develop their health financing systems so as to ensure all can use health services, while being protected against financial hardship associated with paying for these health services.