Evidence about Increase Use relevant to Uganda

CBHI: Generally they have three characteristics:
Voluntary (as opposed to compulsory as social or national health insurance)
Not-for-profit (as opposed to for-profit as in private health insurance)
Community-based (as opposed to national as in social health insurance or...

A tax-financed system is one where the government raises revenues through various forms of compulsory taxation to finance government healthcare expenditures.

Payment at the point of delivery made by the patient. Here we consider either their implementation, increase or maintenance on one side , or their removal or reduction on another.

Payment at the point of delivery made by the patient. Here we consider either their implementation, increase or maintenance on one side , or their removal or reduction on another.

Social health insurance is an insurance programme which meets at least one of the following three conditions:

  1. Participation in the programme is compulsory either by law or by the conditions of employment the programme is operated on behalf of a group and restricted to group...

Private health insurance is insurance that individuals or their employers purchase to cover their healthcare expenses.

Equity fund "involves a third party identifying the poor and paying user fees on their behalf by reimbursing the service provider, thus relieving health staff of such responsibility".


How to interpret the display

It summarises the evidence around 'Increase Use' relevant to Uganda.

Each dot in the display represents a separate published study into an aspect of health financing in a low or middle income setting. The seven possible methods for health financing considered in this project are arranged around the outside of the circle.

The colour of a given dot indicates our summary of what the study said about the impact of the health financing tool on the goal (in this case poverty), ranging from negative impact (red) to positive impact (green). Studies coloured in grey did not report any impact on the selected goal, showing where evidence is lacking as well as where it exists.

The distance of the dot from the centre indicates our view of how relevant that study is to Uganda, with studies closest to the inner circle being considered most relevant and those further away less relevant. The distance is based on how closely the country studied corresponds to Uganda across a number of different indicators related to the provision of health care

The square dots represent review studies that include evidence from various countries rather than a single country

Navigating the evidence around health financing


The Equitable Health Financing tool allows users to navigate the evidence on different health financing methods in low- and middle- income countries. From the drop down menus below, simply select your country of interest and the goal you would most like a health financing method to achieve. Alternatively, select a country and the health financing method in which you are most interested, to see how that method fares across a range of five common goals. Once you are looking at your summary chart you should find it simple to change your view by clicking on a financing method or goal. To change country, just return to the home page and start again!

This interactive tool is based on a systematic review of the evidence undertaken by the University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Save the Children UK. 

This site helps you navigate the evidence in published, peer-reviewed literature about different financing options and their impact on a range of possible goals for a health financing policy. The five goals considered are:


The first step is to choose your goal and country of interest. Clicking on "Generate the summary" will show you a graphical summary of the evidence for each of seven possible health financing mechanisms.

You can also look at the evidence summary in tabular form, where you can sort or search according to country, health financing tool, goal and author.