by Hannah Kuper
SciDevNet – International Centre for Evidence in Disability (LSHTM)
As we begin an important year for global development – a year when UHC commitments look set to be adopted as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – it’s worth reflecting on progress towards UHC. Philosopher and economist Amartya Sen did just that last week in a piece in The Guardian, writing that “there is … plenty of evidence that not only does universal healthcare powerfully enhance the health of people, its rewards go well beyond health”. So there are good ethical and economic arguments for working towards UHC. But, as this happens, will some groups be left behind? In particular, will people with disabilities benefit? Universal health coverage must be understood to include rehabilitation and treatment of impairments as essentials, not added extras.