Going universal: 24 countries and the “how” of universal health coverage
The World Bank "The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) brought especially welcome news: The future we want now officially includes universal health coverage (UHC), as defined under SDG 3, target 8. We also heard, the same week, from a group of economists from 44 countries, who publicly stated that “UHC makes economic sense.” It seems the tide has turned toward making essential health care available to all who need it, without creating financial hardship.
A new World Bank publication brings further good news to supporters of UHC: It shows that countries have not been waiting for the SDGs to become official. Around the world, developing countries have been eagerly implementing ambitious UHC reform programs." (Photo: Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization speaking at World Bank © flickr)