Universal Health Coverage for Health Equity: From Principle to Practice; A Response to the Recent Commentaries

Document Type : Correspondence

Authors

1 Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia

2 College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia

3 The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia

4 RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

5 Stretton Health Equity, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Keywords


Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as when ‘all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship’ including ‘health promotion … prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.’1 Achieving UHC globally is part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and central to the 2018 WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care Astana Declaration.2... (Read more...)

  • epublished Author Accepted Version: March 6, 2022
  • epublished Final Version: March 14, 2022
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Volume 11, Issue 8
August 2022
Pages 1601-1603
  • Receive Date: 23 February 2022
  • Revise Date: 04 March 2022
  • Accept Date: 05 March 2022
  • First Publish Date: 06 March 2022