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Financial risk protection calculation tool

Short description
For many years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been trying to encourage countries to share their survey micro-data with WHO so that WHO can produce standardized indicators of financial risk protection. Countries have previously sent data on CD-ROMs and USB sticks through the post or given data in person. However, in the modern age of the internet, these methods of obtaining data seem rather archaic. The “Financial Risk Protection in Health Calculation Tool” was developed to transform the WHO’s process of getting data from countries into the modern age of internet based resources.

The purpose of this tool to get household survey micro-data from countries and produce standardized results on catastrophic health expenditure and impoverishment due to out-of-pocket payments.

Methodology and type of data required
Through the easy-to-use the “Financial Risk Protection in Health Tool”, countries can now upload their survey micro-data and at the same, answer some standardized question on the nature of the micro-data. This information is then used to process the survey micro-data to produce financial risk protection indicators related to the concepts of catastrophic health expenditure and impoverishment due to out-of-pocket payments. These indicators are also produced by important equity stratifiers in the country. Upon validation, these results are then sent back to the country, which can then use them to inform and guide policy. Countries can also choose to have their results published on a public database if they want. All survey micro-data shared with WHO will however always remain completely confidential.

Users/Target audience
Policy makers

World Health Organization (WHO)






Published on 04 Jan 2015