THE ROAD TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE: INNOVATION, EQUITY AND THE NEW HEALTH ECONOMY
More than 100 countries are currently in the process of adopting Universal Health Coverage, deciding which services to cover and how to pay for them. While the goal of UHC remains elusive in many countries, there are successful examples to emulate. This event will focus on the present and potential private sector contributions to UHC, opening a discussion around the range of capabilities private providers and companies are bringing to the challenges of expanding delivery of essential health services to all.
The World Health Organization estimates that half the world's population lacks access to basic health services. Moreover, this already staggering number masks inequities that exist between and within countries. UHC promises to give all people greater access to health services but the task of turning this vision into reality poses a significant challenge for countries at all stages of economic development. This event will explore these issues by drawing on the perspectives of the book “The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity and the New Health Economy”, edited by Jeffrey Sturchio. The discussion will focus on the new health economy and the ways in which the private sector is helping countries to achieve UHC.
What are the conditions required for countries to translate their successful experiences and policy promises into practical results for improved population health? What are the critical success factors for private sector engagement in UHC, the role of health women in creating and sustaining health economies, and the role of the pharmaceutical sector?