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Inclusion of Health Expenditures in the MEB

8 September 2020 — By WHO & The Global Health Cluster Cash Task Team

Technical note from the Global Health Cluster on methods to include health expenditures in the minimum expenditure basket. The note is meant for cash and cash practitioners alike, working together during the design of the MEB to ensure the health portion is reflected – as it is almost always reported as an expenditure. Within the note three methods are proposed to determining the health portion within the MEB; the average cost and the household contribution for a package of essential services; household expenditure surveys; and in the absence of data for these two methods, including health expenditure as a dynamic and optimal portion of the MEB. Examples are also included.