Publication: Introducing the World Bank’s 2018 Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators Database
Among the many shifts of emphasis that have been evident in global health over the past twenty-five years or so, two stand out: a concern over the poor lagging behind the better off in progress towards global goals; and a concern to look beyond whether people get the services they need to the affordability of the out-of-pocket expenditures associated with these services. The World Bank's 2018 Health equity and financial protection indicators (HEFPI) database is a new global resource for tracking progress on both fronts. It is, in effect, the fourth in the series of such databases. The 2018 database includes eighteen indicators of service use (twelve preventative, six curative) and twenty-eight health outcome indicators. The data are calculated from household surveys, identified mostly through searches of data catalogues and websites of multicountry survey initiatives. The 2018 HEFPI dataset is freely downloadable, and a data visualisation tool is also available. To ensure the data are reproducible, and in line with the guidelines for accurate and transparent health estimates reporting, the authors document their methods thoroughly in a working paper and highlight the differences between their definitions and others; They also provide the essential computer code used to produce the estimates.