The OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO) created a new network in 2011, the SBO Network on Health Expenditures, which focuses on the fiscal sustainability of public health and long-term care.
The SBO Network on Health Expenditures brings together health budget examiners, in close co-ordination with the OECD Health Committee, in order to address the consequences of increasing health and long-term care expenditures, in particular for economic growth, public finances and solidarity arrangements. The network seeks to identify appropriate solutions for the challenges faced by member countries, through international comparison and exchange of good country practices, drawing on work from the OECD committees on health, on economic policy and on public governance, in order to promote cross-sectoral discussion – in particular linking health economics with public finance.
The chair of the network is Geert van Maanen, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Netherlands. The first meeting of the network was held in Paris, 21-22 November 2011.
The second meeting of the network was held in Paris, 25-26 March 2013.
The network is also seeking to engage with a broader range of countries and partners that have a shared interest in exchanging solutions and approaches to addressing the financial sustainability of health systems. On 28-29 June, 2012, the network held a joint meeting with the WHO in Tallinn, Estonia on the “Financial Sustainability of Health Systems in Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe".
Senior Budget Official networks (SBO)