Challenges of Universal Health Coverage will be great, but not insurmountable

Published 10 October 2018, by, Dr Iqbal Survé

Johannesburg – The topic of Universal Health ­Coverage (UHC) is a weighty one, even more so in the African context, given the challenges and opportunities that arise in implementing it.

The high personal cost to citizens, who must pay excessive fees for quality health-care services, is well known, and the point of UHC is to prevent financial hardship. It is a worthy and noble goal, which we need to strive for.

There is a significant body of research into this subject, and there are many learned colleagues, including academics, health care workers and public servants, who are grappling with this matter in depth.

My remarks, which reflect on some key learnings in the global context, will hopefully contribute to taking the agenda forward on the implementation of UHC in Africa.

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