Investment in universal well-being
Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. It includes the full range of essential health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Currently, at least half of the people in the world do not receive the health services they need. About 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health. This must change.
To make health for all a reality, we need:
- Individuals and communities who have access to high-quality health services so that they take care of their health and the health of their families.
- Skilled health workers provide quality, people-centered care.
- Policymakers are committed to investing in universal health coverage.
Universal health coverage should be based on intense, people-centered primary health care. Sound health systems are rooted in the communities they serve. They focus not only on preventing and treating disease and illness but also on helping to improve well-being and quality of life.
- SDG GOAL:
SDG target (Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential healthcare services, and access to safe, adequate, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all), goals focuses on achieving universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, quality essential healthcare services, and access to safe, adequate, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines.
Half the world’s population lacks access to such essential health services. Therefore, to achieve SDG target 3.8 of Universal Health Coverage for all by 2030, at least 1 billion more people will need access to essential health services every five years between 2015 and 2030.
The essence of UHC is universal access to a solid and resilient people-centered health system with primary care as its foundation. Community-based services, health promotion, and disease prevention are vital components and immunization constitutes a robust platform for primary care upon which UHC needs to be built.