Monday, September 17, 2012

[EQ] Universal Health Coverage - Theme Issue The Lancet

Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet - Themed issue, published Sept 7, 2012


“……….Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization WHO, has stated that "Universal Health Coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer."

 In this themed issue of The Lancet, the first of three Series papers explores the evidence on the links between expansions in coverage and population health outcomes. The second paper looks at the political and economic dimensions of the transition to universal health coverage, and the third examines nine low-income and lower-middle-income countries in Africa and Asia that have implemented national health insurance reforms. Also, a Viewpoint calls for continued progress and argues for a large public sector role in health systems reform.

What becomes clear in this issue is that although universal health coverage is not a guarantee for progress, attention should focus now not on whether, but on how to make the most of the transition. In a Comment, Judith Rodin and David de Ferranti conclude: "what will emerge in the decades ahead in each country undertaking reform is not entirely clear, but, as this Series and many country examples suggest, we are getting closer to a time when this [transition toward universal health coverage] will be achieved and families will no longer be at risk of having the cost of sickness ruin their lives."


Universal health coverage: a third global health transition?

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Universal health coverage: good health, good economics

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Universal health coverage is a development issue

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Series Papers

Does Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage Improve Population Health?


Political and Economic Features of the Transition to Universal Health Coverage


Moving Toward Universal Health Coverage: Recent Health Insurance Reforms in Nine Lower Income Countries in Africa and Asia

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MP3 Audio:

Universal Health Coverage
Jeff Sachs discusses progress to UHC in developing countries.


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