Vital vote on universal health

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 12 2012, 07:03:33

UN general assembly vote could put access to quality and affordable healthcare for all on new development agenda

The UN general assembly is expected to vote in favour of a resolution for universal health coverage on Wednesday, reflecting a growing international consensus on the importance of affordable access to healthcare.

The UN resolution calls on its members to ensure they have health systems that avoid significant direct payments at the point of delivery and a mechanism to pool risks among the population to avoid catastrophic healthcare spending and impoverishment as a result of seeking care.

Supporters of the resolution, which is backed by the US and the UK, say the UN vote would be a step towards putting universal health coverage in the post-2015 development framework. In 2010, the US president, Barack Obama, forced his bitterly fought healthcare reform bill through Congress, bringing near-universal coverage to Americans.

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