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Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Universal Health Care In Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Lancet: Universal health coverage post-2015: putting people first
Editorial Board

“Dec 12, 2014, marks the world’s first Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. … UHC is indeed considered one of the key components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be finalized in September 2015. … UHC beyond 2015 must start and end with people. Listening to different experiences with illness and specific needs in all contexts, learning from other countries — not only those who have excellent services and 100 percent coverage, but also from national programs that have given users of health services a role in accountability — will mean that strong responsive systems can be built. Health can then be claimed as the universal right that post-2015 generations can fully deliver on” (12/13).

EurActiv: A rights-based approach to health is fundamental to the post-2015 framework
Linda McAvan, British labor MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber

“…I cannot emphasize enough the importance of prioritizing health within the post-2015 agenda … Health is a crucial element of sustainable development and we must focus on promoting equitable and sustainable universal health coverage in the new global framework. Health is fundamental to poverty eradication and pivotal to tackling inequities across developing nations. … It is not only about ensuring that everyone, everywhere has the right to health but also making progress towards Universal Health Coverage, which will accelerate social and economic growth, fundamental to sustainable development” (12/12).

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