Building from the HIV Response toward Universal Health Coverage

Journal Article
  • Jonathan Jay
  • Kent Buse
  • Marielle Hart
  • David Wilson
  • Robert Marten
  • Scott Kellerman
  • Morolake Odetoyinbo
  • Jonathan D. Quick
  • Timothy Evans
  • Peter Piot
  • Mark Dybul
  • Agnes Binagwaho
PLoS Medicine
2016; 13 (8): e1002083. doi:10.1371/journal. pmed.1002083.

Universal health coverage (UHC) has gained prominence as a global health priority. The UHC movement aims to increase access to quality, needed health services while reducing financial hardship from health spending, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. As a policy agenda, UHC has been identified primarily with prepayment and risk-pooling programs. While financing policies provide important benefits, increasing access to health services will require broader reforms. For lessons, the UHC movement should look to the global HIV response, which has confronted many of the same barriers to access in weak health systems. Considerable success on HIV has resulted from innovative approaches that UHC efforts can build upon, in areas including governance, financing, service delivery, political mobilization, accountability, and human rights. UHC and HIV efforts must capitalize on potential synergies, especially in settings with a high HIV burden and major resource limitations.