Prominent economists worldwide support UHC
As the world prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a global coalition of 250+ economists representing 40+ countries are calling on policymakers to prioritize an equitable approach to universal health coverage.
The Economists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage published in the 18 September issue of the Lancet, highlights that ensuring that everyone can obtain high quality essential services without financial hardship is “right, smart and affordable”. The Declaration builds on the 2013 Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, which concluded that if the right health investments are made today, developing countries will see both health and economic gains by 2035.
Health financing for universal coverage
Universal coverage, or universal health coverage, is defined as ensuring that all people can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
100million people pushed into poverty because of direct health payments10 facts on universal health coverage
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