Universal health coverage and social determinants of health

"There is a danger of going down the same route again with universal health coverage to the apparent detriment of action on social determinants of health. WHO is clear in its definition of universal health coverage: all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship to pay for them, a well run health system, a system for financing, access to essential medicines and technologies, and well trained health workers.3 Universal health coverage is a noble goal, but so too is action on social determinants to achieve health equity. The latter should not be forgotten," writes Michael Marmot in The Lancet.



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