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Washington D.C, 30 August 2018 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) held a Subregional Dialogue on Health Financing in the Caribbean, on August 28-29, 2018 in Barbados, as part of the CARICOM Member States commitment to advance towards Universal Health.

The Subregional Dialogue brought together high-level government officials, international experts and subregional partners to discuss the main challenges on financing health services in the Caribbean and identify opportunities for strengthening subregional collaboration to tackle common challenges jointly.

Participants shared evidence and lessons learned from country experiences in the Caribbean, as well as from Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Uruguay, and the United States.

The Dialogue focused on health financing arrangements and creating fiscal space for health. Each country’s health system has a specific mix of sources of revenues, including general government revenue derived from various forms of taxation, social insurance contributions, private insurance premiums and out-of-pocket payments. The challenge is to ensure that the mix of public revenue sources generates the necessary financial resources and contributes to the health policy objectives.

At the end of the two days discussions, participants agreed on a subregional collaborative agenda with key opportunities for action, as well as mechanisms for strengthening health financing in the Caribbean.

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