Proposed health reforms are moving South Africa toward universal health coverage, but these plans are largely steered toward clinical services. Still, the Public Health Medicine (PHM) specialty remains popular among South African physicians, who tend to pursue the 4-year…

GENEVA – BA and AA. A bright line clearly divided 2 sections at a World Health Assembly side event on universal health coverage Thursday at the Swiss Press Club. It demarcated “Before Azar” and “After Azar.” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar brought a…

When global health leaders convene in Geneva next week for the 71st World Health Assembly, they’ll gather under one banner: universal health coverage.

Out-of-pocket payments cripple household budgets and health care access worldwide—and universal health care is the solution, urges a report published today by the World Bank and the WHO.Ponying up for health care pushes 100 million into extreme poverty. 800 million are…

Despite a decade of international investment in the Afghan health system, people with disabilities, particularly those in remote areas, have not seen an improvement in health care availability or coverage of their needs, a new Lancet Global Health study finds.   Using data…

You’ve probably had a key question about the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. How much will all this cost?   The answer is: $371 billion annually. That’s the estimated additional spending on improved health service delivery and universal health coverage to meet…

Could Singapore provide the US with a model for universal health care coverage, as some conservatives believe?   Probably not, argues Vox’s Ezra Klein. He says Singapore’s arrangement—in which the government controls most of the medical system and covers catastrophic…

When countries signed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, they committed to work toward universal health coverage. Almost a year later, hurdles to achieving the goal remain.

Low-wage workers and immigrants—including more than a million legal residents who aren’t US citizens received coverage—enjoyed sharp rises in insurance coverage during the first full year of the Affordable Care Act, according to a New York Times analysis. ACA’s signature…

A universal health insurance plan in Chhattisgarh, India, functioned as a cash cow for doctors and hospitals, with many local women paying the price, according to a report in Quartz, India. The plan led to routine overcharging, unnecessary hysterectomies and other surgical…