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).