Delivering on the promise of universal health coverage

by Ashish Jha, Fiona Godlee, Kamran Abbasi
BMJ 2016;353:i2216 – Published 26 April 2016

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Universal health coverage – the notion that people should be able to access healthcare services regardless of their ability to pay, and do so with financial protection – is a major focus for G7 policy makers and others around the globe. It is an important component of the sustainable development goals, leading many countries to increase their use of scarce public resources to ensure their citizens are covered. The motivation, of course, is compelling. People should not develop or die from preventable or treatable conditions because they are poor, and treatment should not lead to financial bankruptcy. Simply prioritising universal health coverage, however, will not be enough to achieve its main goals.

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