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Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More

Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds – The New York Times

A major survey of Americans struggling with medical bills finds that, even among the insured, illness and injury can reshape a family’s financial health. Source: Read More

What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?

  In December 2014, Sanula Kabuya was woken by the sound of her great granddaughter’s laboured breathing. Jalia, the youngest of the five children, was Read More

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Does Governance Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

I first heard about Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2010. At the time, I was working with a group of economists who had just returned Read More


Former U.N. SG Ban Calls On U.S. To Pass Universal Health Coverage

The Guardian: Ban Ki-moon urges U.S. to shun ‘powerful interests’ and adopt universal health care “The former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Americans to pass universal health coverage at a speech in New York City on Tuesday, marking a dramatic intervention of world leaders into the U.S. health care debate. Ban called on the…More


Mobile Technologies, Artificial Intelligence Helping Move Some African Markets Toward Universal…

Newsweek: How AI can help Africa get universal health care before America “…Efforts to increase [health] coverage are underway: From Rwanda to South Africa, telemedicine and artificial intelligence have enabled health tech platforms to emerge, and allowed doctors to treat patients in under-resourced areas remotely, efficiently, and cheaply via mobile devices. Given increasing mobile penetration,…More


WHO Must Ensure Taiwan Not Excluded From Global Health Discussions

Foreign Affairs: Letter: Room for Everyone Brian Su, deputy director general at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office “…For years, Taiwan has been excluded from the WHO. Continuing this practice will not serve Tedros’ purposes [to increase health care coverage and ‘leave no one behind’] well. Taiwan has one of the world’s best universal health care…More


CGD Launches New Book On Designing Health Benefits Package For UHC

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Defining Benefits for Universal Health Care — How Governments Can Get the Most Bang for Their Health Care Buck Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer and senior fellow at CGD, and Rebecca Forman, program coordinator for the Global Health Policy team at CGD, discuss the launch of and…More


U.N. Leaders Discuss Improving Access To Medicines, Health Care At U.N. Human Rights Council…

Xinhua News: U.N. agencies hail universal health care at forum “The World Trade Organization (WTO) provides a legal framework for members to cut tariffs on medicines in a non-discriminatory way, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said on Monday. … The WTO head made the remarks while addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council Social Forum that takes…More


Sustained Political Commitment, Investments Critical To Cervical Cancer Prevention, Achieving…

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Country Leadership, Globalism Vital To Achieving Universal Health Coverage

STAT: To achieve universal health care, we need country leadership and globalism Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO “…Both country leadership and globalism are needed to [achieve universal health coverage] … Universal health coverage is first and foremost a political choice for…More


Technology Presents ‘Big Opportunity’ For Universal Health Coverage In Africa, Regional WHO…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Technology can accelerate universal health care in Africa — WHO “Integrating technology into Africa’s health care systems is key to opening them up faster to the poorest and most vulnerable people, the World Health Organization’s Africa director said. Using more technology presents a ‘big opportunity’ for rolling out universal health coverage in…More


Backed By Global South, WHO DG-Elect Tedros To Focus On Agency’s Funding, Universal Health…

The Lancet: Tedros elected as next WHO Director General “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former minister of health and foreign affairs of Ethiopia, was elected on May 23 to the post of WHO director general. The first African to head the agency promised to place special emphasis on universal health care, to focus resources on the most…More


Public, Private Sectors Must Work Together To Solve Africa’s Health Worker Shortage

GE Healthcare’s “The Pulse”: Africa Will be Short Six Million Healthcare Workers by 2030, But it Can Still Achieve its Commitment of Universal Health Care if it Takes Action Now Kate Tulenko, vice president of health systems innovation at IntraHealth International, discusses the health worker shortage in Africa and describes possible solutions to address this…More


Study, Report Examine Global Health Spending Trends

Humanosphere: Challenging road ahead for universal health care in low- and middle-income countries Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses findings from a new study published in The Lancet, which estimates that by 2040, disparities in health spending in high- and low-income countries will continue to exist.…More


Challenging road ahead for universal health care in low- and middle-income countries

Despite donors’ investments in global health, there are huge disparities in health spending across the world. On average, for every dollar of health spending in high-income countries, low-income countries spend three cents.* By 2040, new research estimates that these disparities will persist, and millions may remain in need of basic health services in poor countries.


Healthcare Coinsurance Elasticity Coefficient Estimation Using Monthly Cross-sectional,…

Abstract Published estimates of the healthcare coinsurance elasticity coefficient have typically relied on annual observations of individual healthcare expenditures even though health plan membership and expenditures are traditionally reported in monthly units and several studies have stressed the need for demand models to recognize the episodic nature of healthcare.


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