Partnerships for the Goals

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Universal Health Coverage: Healthcare System for Universal Health Coverage Under Partnerships

  • Ai Tashiro
  • Ryo KohsakaEmail author
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Universal coverage (UC) or universal health coverage (UHC) signifies a healthcare system in which all people have access to the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services they need. UHC must also be of sufficient quality to ensure its efficacy while also affordable. UHC is about financial protection, but it is also critical to ensuring the quality of healthcare services, which requires the effective coordination of various service providers from the perspectives of their service users (WHO definition).

Definitions of UHC in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG target 3.8 and SDG indicators 3.8.1 and 3.8.2, are as follows (United Nations):
  • SDG target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential healthcare services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental StudiesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Environmental StudiesNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina