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The Importance of Universal Health Coverage

A series of studies in high- and low-income countries has shown that equitable UHC improves health outcomes and enables countries to maximize their human capital. Supporting health represents a foundational investment in economic growth and human capital. Without good health, children cannot attend school and adults cannot work. In addition, the health sector is one of the largest sectors of the global economy, providing over 50 million jobs, with the majority of these held by women.

Robust financing systems

However, UHC requires much more than just a mandate: a policy must address health disparities and strengthen existing health systems. A strong foundation for universal health coverage lies in strengthening the health systems and developing robust financing systems. Many people are not able to access the services they need, and even those who can afford them face hardship if they become ill. To combat this, governments should pool resources from mandatory sources and provide universal health coverage for all citizens.

Local community

In addition to financial barriers, the implementation of universal health coverage must be effective. In the absence of adequate financial resources, a country will have to build the most appropriate infrastructure and health systems to realize universal health coverage. In order to achieve full universality, the country should develop strategies that address the contextual uncertainties in the local community. The more efficient a country’s UHC is, the better it will serve its population. If a country can do this, the result will be improved health outcomes.

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