New report calls for Universal Health Coverage to be implemented worldwide

Medical News Today, Feb. 18, 2015e
Adapted by MNT from original media release

Health professionals and policymakers came together on 17 February to debate the human right to health as a new report calls on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to be implemented across the globe. Delegates at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), heard from the report's lead author, Sir David Nicholson (former chief executive of the National Health Service in England) as he launched The Next Billion: How to Deliver Universal Health Coverage.

UHC is the basic concept that every person, everywhere, should have access to healthcare without suffering financial hardship. This essential human right is a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. But today, a billion people worldwide live without access to basic healthcare services and every year millions are forced into poverty after having to pay for healthcare out of their own pocket.

Today's policy report, which is based on a review of all available evidence, highlights the substantial benefits UHC can deliver - for individuals, for countries and for politicians - and provides a solid framework to support policymakers in transitioning their nations' health services to UHC.