The World Bank supports countries’ efforts to achieve universal health coverage, with the aim of providing quality, affordable health care to everyone—ultimately improving health outcomes, reducing financial risks associated with ill health, and increasing equity. Achieving universal health coverage is a path specific to each country, and no single system or model exists to achieve it.
The Bank’s universal health coverage study series offers knowledge and operational tools to help countries tackle challenges in ways that are fiscally sustainable and that enhance equity and efficiency.
Studies from 22 countries and Massachusetts analyze the “nuts and bolts” of programs that have expanded coverage from the bottom up—programs that have started with the poor and vulnerable rather than those initiated in a trickle-down fashion. The protocol, studies, and technical papers contribute to discussions about universal health coverage, provide implementers with an expanded toolbox, and inform the universal health coverage movement as it continues to expand worldwide.