Moving toward universal health coverage
An article in the February Lancet discussed lessons learnt from eleven countries that are moving toward universal health coverage (UHC). An interesting read, as South Africa negotiates a National Health Insurance system.
The study showed that, while UHC is a complex process, with many challenges, pathways and pitfalls, it is feasible and achievable, but requires technical knowledge and political know-how. Pragmatism and innovation addressing national economical context is key.
The countries involved were Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
It concluded: “Overall, countries have a better chance of moving forward if they have leaders who show political commitment to reform, a clear understanding of the political economy challenges, and a willingness to learn from experience and adapt. This combination of factors supports national leaders in their efforts to design and implement coverage-enhancing reforms that are inclusive and sustainable in the long run.”
Click here to read South Africa’s white paper on National Health Insurance.