UHC Headlines at the UN

Progress toward universal health care is too slow, according to a WHO report released ahead of today’s UN High Level Meeting on UHC, Health Policy Watch reports.

Member states are expected adopt a Political Declaration today commiting them to ensure access to quality, affordable health care by 2030. But at the current pace, only about half the world’s population will be covered by then.

To catch up, the WHO urged countries to pledge at least 1% of their GDP to primary health care.
 
Progress has been driven by strides in lower-income countries, particularly against infectious diseases—but hard-to-fill gaps remain in the poorest countries.
 
And poverty driven by health care expenses is on the rise. In 2015, a billion people spent over 10% of their household income on health.
 
“In many ways, we may have reached the natural limit of our previous global health model,” said WHO’s Peter Salama.
 
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