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)
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,
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:
Alex M van den Heever
Why has the Universal Coverage Scheme in
Supon Limwattananon, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Kanjana Tisayaticom, Tawekiat Boonyapaisarncharoen, Phusit Prakongsai
Financing Universal Coverage in
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
Zhijian Li, Jiale Hou, Lin Lu, Shenglan Tang, Jin Ma
Policy initiation and political levers in health policy: lessons from
Anthony Seddoh, Samuel Akor
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