27 May 2010

Conference in Fiji looks at Pacific national health accounts

8:37 am on 27 May 2010

Health officials from the Pacific are in Nadi to focus on the importance of spending on health and how countries can build up their resources, to put more into keeping people well.

The three-day conference has been organised by the World Health Organisation and the Asian Development Bank, and is looking at national health accounts.

The WHO representative for the Pacific, Dr Chen Ken, says the accounts help governments track spending and offer a steer on how to generate funding.

Dr Chen says governments are today having to tackle a challenging range of health issues that would benefit from regular analysis of health data.

"To see how we allocate our budget, how we spend our money and then try to keep the balance to better allocate the money for the promote of health, or for the prevent of diseases, or for the treatment of diseases."

Dr Chen says some of the countries attending the conference have already adopted the national health accounts, while others are are just starting out.