Global health price tag could be $371 billion a year by 2030

Evrard Martin
Juillet 18, 2017

Meeting the SDGs called for higher investments in health, so that health spending as a proportion of gross domestic product in these 67 countries increased from the present average of 5.6% to 7.5%.

In a best case scenario of increasing investment to meet the goals, some 97 million premature deaths could be prevented between now and 2030, and up to 8.4 years of life expectancy could be added in some countries, the World Health Organization said. The WHO reports that to meet the $371 billion goal, governments would be able to afford 85% with only 32 countries needing assistance.

"Universal health coverage is ultimately a political choice".

The study gives two scenarios - an "ambitious" one with sufficient money to reach the SDGs by 2030, and a "progress" one achieving only two thirds or more of the targets. The remaining costs are for medicines, vaccines, syringes and other commodities used to prevent or treat specific diseases, and for activities such as training, health campaigns etc.

"Under the "ambitious" scenario, achieving the SDG health targets would require new investments increasing over time from an initial USD 134 billion annually to USD 371 billion, or USD 58 per person, by 2030", it said. That could prevent 97 million premature deaths, including more than 50 million infants and children who are either stillborn or die before their fifth birthday, and 20 million deaths from non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

The "progress" scenario would require new investments increasing from an initial 104 billion dollars a year to 274 billion, or 41 dollars per person, by 2030.

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