Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, commemorated each 12 December, is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere.

UHC has been included in the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations and it means everyone can access the quality health services they need without financial hardship and is a means to promote the human right to health.

UHC is for:

WHO: All people, including the poorest and most vulnerable.

WHAT: Full range of essential health services, including prevention, treatment, hospital care and pain control.

HOW to achieve UHC: Costs shared among entire population through pre- payment and risk-pooling, rather than shouldered by the sick. Access should be based on need and unrelated to ability to pay.

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