The Lancet Vol. 388, No. 10062, pp. 2837, 10 December 2016
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is defined by WHO and the World Bank as when “all people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them”. UHC is central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Dec 12, 2016, the third annual International Day of Universal Health Coverage will be marked, and progress towards UHC discussed and celebrated globally. This year’s theme is “health for all”, with a call to “act with ambition”. Several hundred partners, including global organisations such as The Rockefeller Foundation, WHO, the World Bank Group, and Oxfam, are behind the initiative, and all agree that the best way to achieve health for all is through UHC.