The Week in Headlines
UHC Forward's weekly roundup of headlines from around the globe
Governments around the world are engaging in serious political and technical discussions on how to expand health coverage. Still others are considering such reforms, but are struggling to navigate the legal, financial, and political frameworks of their countries to determine the best path towards reform.
Below is a list of UHC-related headlines from around the world:
People’s Health Assembly gears up to share lessons about the political economy of UHC reforms: Live blogging from the Third People's Health Assembly, Robert Yates, Senior Health Economist at the World Health Organization discusses the political economy of universal health coverage.
Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector: Outcome document from the Ministerial Conference on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector, organized by the Harmonization For Health in Africa (HHA) in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, JICA, NORAD, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, USAID, the World Bank, WHO).
The U.S. promotes universal health care, but only in other countries: (The Atlantic) - Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at The Council on Foreign Relations explains that the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act aligns U.S. health care with U.S. foreign policy.
Financing health care in Ghana: Is one-time insurance premium the answer?: (Joy Online) - Annita Allotey, Research Assistant at the Institute of Economic Affairs-IEA discusses the evolution of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana and the need for bi-partisan decision making with regards to social health policies.
India's generic drug health care policy to benefit millions of poor patients: (International Business Times) - The Indian government has taken a major step towards its ambitious vision of achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by initiating a $5.4-billion plan that would allow the government sector doctors to prescribe generic drugs to the Patients for free.
Nigerian state of Oyo to introduce National Health Insurance Scheme: (The Nation) - Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said that his administration would soon introduce the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to the state as part of efforts to improve the health care delivery of his government.
South Africa’s National Health Insurance sites underfunded: (Inter Press Service) - Experts say that underfunded National Health Insurance pilots may be doomed to fail as debate rages about how the move to more equitable healthcare will be funded.
Thailand Hosts ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting: (Zambo Times) - The Thailand Ministry of Public Health hosted the 11th ASEAN Health Minister Meetings from July 2-6, 2012 in Phuket, Thailand. Joined by 13 countries, this years meeting emphasized five main topics: chronic non-communicable disease control and prevention; building universal health coverage; tobacco control; AIDS in urban area; and emergency disaster management.