By Dr. Matthew Harris, Senior Policy Fellow in Public Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation
I never really stopped to think why there was a need for a Universal Health Coverage Day. Who could argue against the need for healthcare? Who could argue against the common sense policy of equal access to health care, for equal need – irrespective of ability to pay? However, despite many advances around the world in providing universal health care for whole populations, there are still many places where people suffer catastrophic financial burden as a result of relatively simple healthcare needs.
There have been many successes, but there is still a long way to go.