9 reasons universal healthcare will fail – if we don’t act now
Written by Edward Booty for the World Economic Forum – May 2020
The global spread of COVID-19 came at a moment when momentum for universal health coverage (UHC) was increasing. On the heels of the high-level UN declaration in late 2019, many low and middle-income countries (LMICs) had been working to translate the warm intentions of world leaders into tangible actions. With the response to COVID-19 currently consuming all the political oxygen and pushing already overburdened systems past their breaking points, progress towards achieving UHC is at a standstill.
In response, here are the big challenges we encounter every day and must overcome to expedite healthcare for all. We have a 10-year deadline to deliver the SDG commitments and unless we address these systemic challenges, I cannot see the vision becoming reality.
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