Each year the founding day of the World Health Organization (WHO), April 7 is observed as World Health Day. 2018 is the 70th anniversary year and the theme for World Health Day 2018 is “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere”. The primary goal of WHO is a world where everyone has access to the healthcare services they need without having to worry about going into debt paying for them. As a medical billing company serving healthcare providers, we understand the significance of complete health coverage in creating a robust and proactive community. UHC includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. Physicians providing these services often consider outsourcing medical billing and other documentation tasks to balance their administrative and patient care responsibilities.
For more than seven decades, the vision of WHO was “Health for all”. According to the 2017 Global Monitoring report from the World Bank and WHO published in December 2017, at least half of the world’s population (7.3 billion people) cannot obtain essential health services. In terms of financial protection, over 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care, and about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to their health expenditures.
Through a series of events starting this World Health day, WHO aims to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC. For those interested in participating, this global organization is also urging to reach out to appropriate government agencies and officials, parliamentary health committees, civil society organizations, and high-profile individuals about healthcare-related issues. The day also provides a unique opportunity for UHC2030 partners to engage in mobilizing high-level attention and amplify the movement to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). UHC2030 is the global movement to strengthen health systems for universal health coverage.
The World Health Organization has also recently called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to step-up efforts towards universal health coverage, to provide quality health services to all people when and where they need them, without having to suffer financial hardship.
Factors Necessary to Achieve UHC
According to the WHO, several factors must be in place to achieve universal health coverage, including a strong, well-run health system that meets priority health needs through people-centered integrated care, an affordable system for financing health services so that people do not suffer financial hardship, availability of essential medicines and technologies to diagnose and treat medical problems, well-trained, motivated health workers to provide the services to meet patients’ needs based on the best available evidence as well as actions to address social determinants which affect people’s health and their access to services.