Economists’ declaration on universal health coverage

‘Economists from 44 countries call on global policy makers to prioritise a pro-poor pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) as an essential pillar of development.’

Below are extracts from the declaration in this week’s issue of The Lancet (21 November):

‘UHC means ensuring that everyone can obtain essential health services at high quality without suffering financial hardship. Resource constraints require individual countries to determine their own definition of “essential”…’

‘The success of the next development chapter hinges on the ability to actually deliver proven health solutions to the poorest and most marginalised populations…’

‘Every country has the opportunity to achieve UHC…’

‘We, the undersigned, therefore urge that:

– Heads of government increase domestic funds for convergence and provide vocal political leadership to implement policy reforms toward pro-poor UHC

– Donor countries meet their pledges for international development assistance and commit to investing in the global functions of DAH, particularly research and development for diseases of poverty

– Development financing discussions explicitly address equity, including who pays domestically and who benefits

– National policy makers embrace UHC, as defined above, as an integrated approach for measuring progress toward health targets in the post-2015 global development framework.’

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge – Join HIFA: www.hifa2015.org  

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