Prepared by the Thematic Group on Health for All, February 24, 2015
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. Across the world, governments increasingly recognize that public financing mechanisms hold the key to UHC. There are many estimates on how much financing is needed. ODA and other forms of aid will be critical to achieve UHC in the least developed countries (LDCs) until such time as they are able to raise sufficient funds domestically.