by Tsung-Mei Cheng
Harvard Public Health Review, Vol. 4 – Global Health, May 2015
Since December 2012, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) became a key global health objective, and both the World Bank and WHO have urged nations to prioritize UHC to achieve sustainable development and global security. UHC is important as a means to fight poverty in the age of deepening income inequality worldwide. It is possible to have, or build, universal, sustainable, 21st century health care systems. The world has seen how it could be done, and also how significant progress can be made with limited resources through judicious approaches to organizing the financing and delivery of essential health care services.