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CGD Blog Questions Whether Health Aid Actually Reaches Poor

The Center for Global Development examines a new report (.pdf) by the World Health Organization (WHO) that “argues that the poor should be prioritized under universal health coverage (UHC).” The blog questions WHO’s suggestions and states, “missing from all three points [of the report] is perhaps the most central challenge of achieving universal health coverage, which can undoubtedly help target the poor better: expansion towards UHC necessarily requires selectivity. Countries have to choose who benefits and for what, first. In other words, countries have to set priorities, and those priorities can include the poor or those at highest risk…” (Fan, 3/20)

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