Both Quality and Access—Not Either/Or

A Lancet Commission is calling for a “revolution” after an assessment of care in LMICs revealed that more people are dying from poor quality care than lack of access—a key objective driving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Case studies from countries like Tanzania, South Africa, Mexico and Nepal reveal that access has grown at the expense of quality with accounts of substandard treatment and negligence often leading to fatalities.

The Quote: “Quality should not be the purview of the elite or an aspiration for some distant future; it should be the DNA of all health systems … The human right to health is meaningless without good quality care.”

The Lancet Global Health

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