As universal health coverage (UHC) gains momentum in more countries, the need for practical information on how to strengthen health systems and expand coverage has emerged as a vital global priority. The UHC special issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal includes reviews of UHC progress in low-
Background The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for health (SDG3) poses complex challenges for signatory countries that will require clear roadmaps to set priorities over the next 15 years. Building upon the work of the Commission on Investing in Health and published estimates of feasible global mortality SDG3 targets, we analysed
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Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) means implementing policies to ensure that all people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Most importantly, UHC is a critical and often cost-effective element in any strategy to address poverty and social exclusion, key pillars of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the health services they need (prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care) without the risk of financial hardship when paying for them.
Using two different approaches, the World Bank estimates that, if countries improve their policies and institutions, the additional foreign aid required to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 is between $40-$60 billion a year. This estimate is consistent with other agencies’ estimates of the costs of achieving individual goals,
Universal health coverage is increasingly seen as being critical to delivering better health and as a unifying goal for health system development. In 2012 alone, four key high-level international events focused on the importance of working towards universal health coverage, resulting in the Bangkok Statement; the Kigali Ministerial Statement; the Mexico
Noting with particular concern that for millions of people the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to medicines, remains a distant goal, that especially for children and those living in poverty, the likelihood of achieving this goal is becoming increasingly