1042: The good, the bad and the ugly of healthcare reform: Achieving universal healthcare coverage in a cold economic climate

L. Pettigrew1, G. Irving2, S. Wieringa3, S. Kumpunen4
1 International Department, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, United Kingdom; 2 Department of Health Services Research, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom;
3 Centre for Primary Care & Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, United Kingdom; 4 Department for Health and Social Care, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Presentation type: Oral Communication
Objective: This presentation aims to provide an overview of what Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means and how it can be achieved.
Many countries aim to have UHC because it will increase the likelihood of their citizens having improved access to healthcare services, improved health outcomes and being protected from financial risk. The challenging issue is determining what success looks like and how to get there.
Methods: Examples of various ‘paths’ towards UHC will be provided by using a selection of countries with differing income levels as case-studies. Consideration to the breadth, depth and scope of coverage will be given through framework analysis. Particular attention will be paid to the role of primary care in achieving UHC.
Results: Health professionals should have an understanding of how UHC as an aim of healthcare systems can be achieved in order to advocate for it through their role as clinicians, citizens and potential patients.
Conclusions: In order to be able to ‚Care for Generations‘ both now and in the future, healthcare systems need to achieve UHC. However many countries have yet to achieve this, and even in those that have already done so through variety of paths, issues around equity and quality of care still need to be addressed.

Disclosure: No conflict of interest declared