A new trend is the importance attached to the strengthening of the management and financing of health systems. Improved organization and financial management in health systems will lead to greater cost-effectiveness. In this regard, the importance of having access to a well functioning and cost-efficient health management information system cannot be underestimated.
Containing health system expenses is very high on the agenda in both developed and developing countries. For example, there is a distinct trend in developing countries to decentralize the provision and financing of health services to local governments that have as yet inadequate means to pick up