Universal Health Coverage: markets, profit, and the public good
The Lancet "Global efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) are complicated by the public and private mix that characterises health systems of low-income and middle-income countries. There is a wide range of private provider types, including informal drug sellers, solo practice private doctors, and large sophisticated private hospitals, and these configure differently in terms of their roles and prevalence in different settings. This makes generalisation about the best strategies to achieve UHC in these contexts unwise.
This Series considers the complex issues involved in ensuring an effective health system that is affordable for poor populations while managing a public-private mix that works for the public interest." (Photo: European Commission DG ECHO / flickr)