Measuring Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage With An Application to 24 Developing Countries

by Adam Wagstaff, Daniel Cotlear, Patrick Hoang-Vu Eozenou et al.
The World Bank Group, Policy Research Working Paper 7470, November 2015

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The last few years have seen a growing commitment worldwide to universal health coverage (UHC). Yet there is a lack of clarity on how to measure progress towards UHC. This paper proposes a ‘mashup’ index that captures both aspects of UHC: that everyone – irrespective of their ability-to-pay – gets the health services they need; and that nobody suffers undue financial hardship as a result of receiving care.

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