Universal healthcare: 14 steps in the right direction

Friday, April 19, 2013

Address forgotten causes: Many forms of innovative financing mechanisms seem to target single diseases or issues, but for healthcare to be truly universal the global health community will need to make a concerted effort to focus on less popular causes.

Think holistically: Health workers, medicines, treatments, prevention, promotion, rehab and palliation all need to be in place and of good quality before universal healthcare is achievable.

Primary care is key: While each country must create its own path to universal healthcare, all health systems need to be strengthened with particular focus on primary care as the entry point.

Don’t underestimate the importance of national health accounts: A robust national health account can capture all stages of cash flow. They are very useful tools to evaluate the sources of funding, its track within the health sector and expenditure trend.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

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