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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Universal Health Coverage

“Universal Health Coverage can only lead to health and well-being for all, when it is accompanied by progress in the social determinants of health and through respect for and fulfillment of the human right to health”, argues Diederike Geelhoed in the Global Health Minders Emerging Issue Brief on Universal Health Coverage.

Download the brief on Universal Health Coverage.

Photo credit: Diederike Geelhoed


SUMMARY

  • Universal Health Coverage has the potential to contribute to health and wellbeing in all countries, rich and poor.
  • Political will to implement Universal Health Coverage is the most important factor, as it requires the mobilisation and allocation of adequate funding to healthcare and distribution of its benefits to all, not just to the privileged few.
  • It is essential to finance Universal Health Coverage through publicly governed, mandatory mechanisms, as voluntary contributions, whether through user fees or voluntary insurance, will not be able to provide universal protection to financial hardship.
  • Sustainable and resilient health systems are required to be able to provide healthcare effectively, equitably, and with appropriate quality, for a locally defined set of most prevalent health problems with cost-effective interventions.
  • However, Universal Health Coverage can only lead to health and well-being for all, when it is accompanied by progress in the social determinants of health and through respect for and fulfillment of the human right to health.

Download the brief on Universal Health Coverage.

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