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Guided by the principles of Universal Health Coverage, all countries now fully recognise that good health is both a critical input to and outcome of individual, community and national development. To optimize health inputs and outcomes, governments and civil society groups have crucial roles to systematically support, supplement and sustain actions in financing, delivery and regulations of health services. From the evidence, there is much variability in capabilities, competence and performance of Caribbean countries in securing UHC in terms of providing and managing the financial resources for executing these health functions-actions.
Motivated by these concerns and at the request of some governments, Heads of Caribbean Social Security Organisations meeting in Belize City (2005) sought to establish a Caribbean-wide forum for discussing approaches, challenges and lessons learnt in addressing various aspects of national health financing, such as:-
As such, these Health Financing Conferences have been organized to share knowledge, test ideas, identify best practices and develop regional networks of institutions and experts for ongoing collaboration. The overall objective is to enhance institutional capacity to make the right choices in a dynamic socio-economic environment for advancing health financing solutions, health and welfare in the Caribbean.