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Analytical summary - Health financing system

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The Government of Uganda has steadily increased its budget allocation of funds to the health sector. However, it continues to allocate less than 10% of its budget to health care, which is less than the 15% agreed in the Abuja Declaration by heads of African states.

The current funding of US$ 27 per capita per annum expenditure on health care is far below the US$ 44 per capita recommended. Most donor aid is not harmonized and aligned to the sector plan and managed off-budget. Private out-of-pocket expenditure on health is still high.

Uganda does not have a pooling mechanism but this is being addressed through proposed national health insurance schemes.