by Jeanette Vega
The Lancet, Vol. 381, Issue 9862, pp. 179-180, 19 January 2013
The passage of a UN General Assembly resolution on universal health coverage (UHC) in December, 2012, underlines how UHC is becoming a key global health objective. Adopted by consensus, the resolution urged member states to develop health systems that avoid substantial direct payments at the point of delivery and to implement mechanisms for pooling risks to avoid catastrophic health-care spending and impoverishment. This resolution sets the stage for UHC to become a unifying central health goal in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal framework.