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West Bank and Gaza - Medium-term development strategy for the health sector, Volume 1
Country:West Bank and Gaza; Date Stored:2003/08/01
Document Date:1998/08/31Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Housing & Human Habitats; Health Systems Development & Reform; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Economics & Finance; Agricultural Knowledge and Information SystemsISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4230-4
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Health, Nutrition & Population
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:18378
Sub Sectors:(Historic)Reform and financingCollection Title:World Bank country study
Volume No:1  

Summary: West Bank and Gaza's health system is at an evolutionary crossroads. Its improvement will depend largely on the Ministry of Health's ability to mobilize political support among various stakeholders, including policymakers, consumers, care providers, the legislative council and donors. The Ministry also faces the challenge of developing a coherent health strategy to cover a divided geographical area in a complex political and economic situation. The issues this challenge presents are unique and difficult. This report -- a joint product of the Palestinian Authority, the World Bank and the World Health Organization -- assesses the performance and prospects of the health sector in the West Bank-Gaza, providing a focal point for an ongoing development dialogue. Its analysis of sector delivery, financing, and governance suggests the following short and medium term actions: a) ensure financial sustainability by reevaluating the public investment plan in light of revised macroeconomic projects; b) improve efficiency through sector wide initiatives; c) improve the quality of services provided by improving delivery processes; and d) clarify the roles and responsibilities of various sector agencies, with a focus on strengthening the Ministry's role in regulatory and policy functions and improving its insurance operations, as well as those at the Government Health Insurance organization.

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