Catalyzing Change: The System Reform Costs of Universal Health Coverage

 
 

 

A global movement for universal health coverage (UHC) is under way, as illustrated by an increasing number of nations working toward achieving UHC. Endorsed by the World Health Assembly through a resolution in 2005, UHC is defined as access for all to appropriate health services at an affordable cost. Universal coverage is associated with better health and equity, as well as financial protection.

This new report aims to call health leaders’ attention to the importance and enhanced feasibility of establishing the systems and institutions needed to pursue UHC. It also seeks to quantify the transition costs associated with reforming a health system away from one that relies on out-of-pocket payments and towards one in which health expenditures are more evenly distributed.

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