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Delivering Universal Health Coverage: A Guide for Policymakers

Delivering Universal Health Coverage: A Guide for Policymakers

David Nicholson Robert Yates Will Warburton Gianluca Fontana

UHC also known as UHC (Universal Health Coverage) is a concept that ensures that people obtain their health treatments whilst being protected from the financial burden that these services bring. Despite this being a simple concept, birthing a successful UHC unit can be challenging. This is why these paper aims to translate the idea of UHC to policy practitioners and government officials who do not have a medical background.

Executive Summary

In many instances, specific policy recommendations in these areas will be highly dependent on the context of the country concerned. In particular, the health needs of the population, the level of economic development and the country’s political environment should be major factors shaping policy responses. Designing and implementing a UHC strategy should therefore not be seen as a one-size-fits-all process.

However, in reviewing the research evidence and drawing on the experiences of the WISH forum of experts who advised on this paper, we have identified some strategic issues where a consensus is emerging on approaches that are more likely to be effective.