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[EQ] Selected articles from Universal Coverage: Can We Guarantee Health For All?

Volume 12 Supplement 1

Selected articles from Universal Coverage: Can We Guarantee Health For All?

Proceedings from Universal Coverage: Can We Guarantee Health For All?

BMC Public Health 2012, Volume 12 Supplement 1 (22 June 2012)


Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

3-4 October 2011

Edited by Pascale Allotey, Daniel D Reidpath, Shenglan Tang, Shajahan Yasin, Su Lin Chong and Julius Chee Ho Cheah

Supported by Global Public Health, Monash University Sunway Campus; Philips Healthcare; Deloitte and Touche, Singapore; and Sanofi Aventis Malaysia

Universal coverage in an era of privatisation: can we guarantee health for all?

Pascale Allotey, Shajahan Yasin, Shenglan Tang, Su Lin Chong, Julius Cheah, Daniel D Reidpath

“……A government that claims to provide universal health coverage (UHC) needs to establish that access to health services is available for the whole population for the full spectrum of services without risk of undue financial hardship. Embedded within the idea of UHC are two distinct notions.
First, access to the full spectrum of health services needs to include access to preventive care through to palliative care and rehabilitative services.
Second, access to services for a whole population means that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of the health system, regardless of individual economic, social, or geographic position.


Those in favour of UHC see health as a public good not simply an individual benefit, and they recognise that, as a consequence of this view, the implementation of UHC requires a level of regulation and a kind of investment that is inconsistent with an unconstrained free market.

The challenge for government is in selecting the mix of regulatory and financing mechanisms for the chosen, universally available, health services. This also presupposes that the parcel of health services that will be available has been identified, and there are systems in place to monitor and evaluate the system. ….”


Vulnerability, equity and universal coverage – a concept note

Sharuna Verghis, Fatima Alvarez-Castillo, Daniel D Reidpath

The fallacy of the equity-efficiency trade off: rethinking the efficient health system

Daniel D Reidpath, Anna Olafsdottir, Subhash Pokhrel, Pascale Allotey

Universal access: making health systems work for women

TK Sundari Ravindran

The role of insurance in the achievement of universal coverage within a developing country context:
South Africa as a case study

Alex M van den Heever

Why has the Universal Coverage Scheme in Thailand achieved a pro-poor public subsidy for health care?

Supon Limwattananon, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Kanjana Tisayaticom, Tawekiat Boonyapaisarncharoen, Phusit Prakongsai

Financing Universal Coverage in Malaysia: a case study

Hong Teck Chua, Julius Cheah

Controlling cost escalation of healthcare: making universal health coverage sustainable in China

Shenglan Tang, Jingjing Tao, Henk Bekedam

On residents’ satisfaction with community health services after health care system reform in Shanghai, China, 2011

Zhijian Li, Jiale Hou, Lin Lu, Shenglan Tang, Jin Ma

Policy initiation and political levers in health policy: lessons from Ghana’s health insurance

Anthony Seddoh, Samuel Akor


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