Investing In Health Systems, ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ Thinking Critical To Making Progress On UHC

Devex: Opinion: Beware of fake news on global health
Thomas B. Cueni, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

“…Global health requires building and supporting strong health systems, promoting prevention in communities, strengthening standards and regulations, and creating innovative financing models. If we work constructively with others toward achieving [universal health coverage (UHC)], we can improve access to healthier lives. But this requires governments to step up to the plate as well, investing in health care systems — even when times are bad. … Today’s complex health challenges call for out-of-the-box thinking based on the facts, involving all those with the relevant experience. Our innovative industry is prompting, and will continue to prompt, new discoveries, and is evolving, learning, and pioneering on ways to do more to reach all patients. … [W]e must ensure health policy is developed on the basis of need and not news headlines” (5/23).