Health topics

Health systems


A good health system delivers quality services to all people, when and where they need them. The exact configuration of services varies from country to country, but in all cases requires a robust financing mechanism; a well-trained and adequately paid workforce; reliable information on which to base decisions and policies; well maintained facilities and logistics to deliver quality medicines and technologies.

Health systems that are built on the principles of Primary Health Care (PHC) have tended to achieve better health and better value for the money invested in health. Values of PHC that are important in service delivery include community protection, universality, equity, social justice and people-centredness.