publication December 13, 2017

Business Unusual: Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage


Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is achieved when all people who need health services (promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation) receive them, without undue financial hardship. Since 2000, the world has advanced towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at an unprecedented pace. But not fast enough.

At present rates, the global 2030 UHC targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will not be met. Urgent action is needed to speed progress in the two dimensions of UHC, health service coverage and financial pr otection, and to ensure that no one is left behind.

This report does not attempt to provide specific policy prescriptions for negotiating the coming changes. Instead, it identifies broad principles that may help countries seize opportunities and manage risks in the new era, opening pathways for accelerated progress towards UHC.