The developing world—and some parts of the developed world too, including the United States—is in the midst of a big push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). There is, however, confusion about what UHC means and how to measure it. As a result it is unclear how far countries are from reaching UHC, and the degree to which different UHC-inspired reforms have actually helped move countries towards UHC.
In this talk, Adam Wagstaff will expose the limitations of often-used UHC definitions and metrics, propose a new UHC index that reflects a more satisfactory definition of UHC, and present results for selected countries. He will also use the index to reinterpret the results of impact evaluations of different types of health reform to see how far they might have pushed countries towards UHC. Finally, he will discuss the implications of the new approach for the data agenda, research, policy, and World Bank lending and non-lending activities.
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2015