Gates Foundation Should Take Official Stance Supporting Universal Health Care

Al Jazeera America: Don’t reduce the global poor to potential consumers
Nicole Aschoff, an Editor at Jacobin magazine and a lecturer at Boston University

“…There is a growing global consensus on the importance of providing universal health care … The [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation], however, do[es] not agree. The foundation’s official stance is that it has no position on universal health care. The foundation’s post-2015 development report states that universal health coverage has ‘limitations as a global development goal’ and that evidence for its positive effects on health outcomes is ‘mixed.’ … The Gates’ position that health care works best as a commodity, despite overwhelming evidence that countries with universal health care have the best health outcomes, is deeply problematic and closes the door to systems that consider the underlying causes of global health disparities” (3/26).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.