People-Centered Health Systems for UHC: How to Put People First While Increasing Health Service Access

Journal Article
  • Jonathan D. Quick
  • Chelsey Canavan
  • Jon Jay
Strengthening Health Systems
DOI: 10.7196/SHS.9.

The vision of universal health coverage (UHC) is that everyone has access to the quality prevention and treatment services they need, without enduring financial hardship as a result of essential health expenditures. UHC programmes pursue this aim by mobilising all viable financial resources, with an emphasis on increasing public funding; by using these resources to strengthen health systems and ensure service quality; and by establishing financial protection mechanisms. This editorial presents examples from Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, and other countries to show how UHC can be achieved.