World Health Day 2019 – universal health coverage

WHO’s number 1 goal, universal health coverage, is about ensuring that all people can access the health services they need, when they need them, right in the heart of the community, without experiencing financial hardship.

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Out-of-pocket payments for health, particularly for medicines, are unaffordable for many in Europe

Even in Europe’s richest countries, people are pushed into poverty as a result of having to pay out of pocket for health services. This is one of the findings of the WHO report “Can people afford to pay for health care? New evidence on financial protection in Europe”.

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Universal health coverage means that all people can use quality health services where and when they need them, without financial hardship.



World Health Day 2019: Universal Health Coverage

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