World Health Day 2018 – Health for all

For World Health Day 2018, WHO calls on world leaders to take concrete steps to move towards universal health coverage (UHC). This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services without facing financial hardship, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals all countries agreed in 2015.

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Financial hardship linked to inadequate health coverage policies

A new analysis from WHO/Europe, released on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day alongside a global UHC monitoring report, compares financial protection in Czechia, Estonia and Latvia. It concludes that households in these broadly similar countries experience markedly different levels of financial hardship when using health services.

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Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people can use quality health services, where and when they need them, without experiencing financial hardship.



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