The Lancet: Spotlight on Universal Health Coverage, 12 December 2024

11 November, 2023

From The Lancet website:

Spotlight on Universal Health Coverage

Ensuring all populations globally have access to affordable, quality health care

Universal health coverage is the concept that, regardless of their ability to pay, everyone should have the right to quality health care, when and where needed. Today, many countries do not have anything resembling universal health coverage. Over the decades, several Lancet Series have examined health and health systems around the world and Lancet Commissions have shown that having access to health care without ensuring good quality is plainly not enough.

To drive progress, we call for...

Governments to progressively measure their progress to advance the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health care provided to their populations

All sectors of society to recognise that health is not only the product of a well functioning health system—decisive political, economic, and social actions must be taken to protect and strengthen health

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Join our Spotlight webinar looking back at our seminal publications on UHC and exploring how we move forward to achieve UHC for all, Dec 12 at 13:00 GMT.

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I have registered and will be making the case that "Universal access to reliable healthcare information is essential for universal health coverage". The rationale is described in HIFA's BMJ Global Health paper: Universal access to essential health information: accelerating progress towards universal health coverage and other SDG health targets [ ] cited by WHO Deputy Director-General and co-authors a few months ago: Universal health information is essential for universal health coverage [ ].

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: