Health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security.
Universal health coverage improves how healthcare is financed and delivered – so it is more accessible, more equitable and more effective.
NOBODY SHOULD GO BANKRUPT WHEN THEY GET SICK.
- Lack of affordable, quality health care traps families and nations in poverty.
- Worldwide, 400 million people lack the most basic life-saving health care, and 17% of people in low- and middle-income countries are pushed or further pushed into poverty (US$2/day) because of health spending.
- Up to one-third of households in Africa and Southeast Asia borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE IS ATTAINABLE.
- 100+ low- and middle-income countries, home to three-quarters of the world’s population, have taken steps to deliver universal health coverage.
- Countries implementing universal health coverage are seeing the benefits: healthier communities and stronger economies.
- There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Countries are designing their own unique pathways toward health for all and exchanging lessons learned.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE CAN STOP THE WORLD’S BIGGEST KILLERS.
- The Ebola crisis was a stark reminder of the urgent need to strengthen health systems.
- The poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of preventable mother and child deaths, infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
- To effectively fight these threats, we must reach everyone, everywhere, with health care.
HEALTH TRANSFORMS COMMUNITIES, ECONOMIES AND NATIONS.
- Every $1 that a country invests in health today can produce up to $20 in full-income growth within a generation.
- When health care is accessible and affordable, families can send their children to school, start a business and save for emergencies.
- Universal health coverage pays a resilience dividend. In times of distress, health minimizes the shock to lives and livelihoods. In times of calm, health promotes community cohesion and economic productivity.
HEALTH IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE.
- Access to quality health care should never depend on where you live, how much money you have or your race, gender or age.
- The World Health Organization’s constitution affirms that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.
- More than half of the world’s countries have included the right to health, public health or medical care in their national constitutions.
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