(Washington, DC: World Bank, 2014-06-25) Maeda, Akiko; Araujo, Edson; Cashin, Cheryl; Harris, Joseph; Ikegami, Naoki; Reich, Michael R.
The goals of Universal Health Coverage
(UHC) are to ensure that all people can access quality
health services, to safeguard all people from public health
risks, and to protect all people from impoverishment due to
illness, whether from out-of-pocket payments for health care
or loss of income when a household member falls sick.
Countries as diverse as Brazil, France, Japan, Thailand, and
Turkey that have achieved UHC are showing how these programs
can serve as vital mechanisms for improving the health and
welfare of their citizens, and lay the foundation for
economic growth and competitiveness grounded in the
principles of equity and sustainability. Ensuring universal
access to affordable, quality health services will be an
important contribution to ending extreme poverty by 2030 and
boosting shared prosperity in low income and middle-income
countries (LMICs), where most of the world s poor live.