Universal Health Coverage: Why health insurance schemes are leaving the poor behind

by Ceri Averill, Anna Marriott, Sophie Freeman et al.
Oxfam International Briefing Paper, 9 October 2013

36 pp. 758 kB:
http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp176-universal-health-coverage-091013-en.pdf

Universal health coverage (UHC) has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people by bringing life-saving health care to those who need it most. Unfortunately, in the name of UHC, some donors and developing country governments are promoting health insurance schemes that exclude the majority of people and leave the poor behind. These schemes prioritize advantaged groups in the formal sector and drive up inequality. Donors and governments should abandon unworkable insurance schemes and focus on financing that works to deliver universal and equitable health care for all.

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