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:
MSH and Results for Development commend Supreme Court health care decision, huge step toward universal coverage: President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health Jonathan Quick and Managing Director for Results for Development Institute Gina Lagomarsino commend the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
As Supreme Court upholds mandate, other countries move toward universal health coverage: (The Washington Post) - Worldwide, countries that were once considered universal-health “blind spots,” such as India and South Africa, are developing systems that provide access to medical care for nearly all of their citizens.
Comparing international health care systems: (PBS Newshour) - Ray Suarez and a NewsHour reporting team traveled to the Netherlands in September to explore the country’s innovative universal health care system, which has gained attention as a potential model for U.S. health care reform. This article compares the health care systems in the Netherlands, Japan, the United States and its neighbors -- Canada and Mexico-- to learn what experts had to say about each of the health care models.
New BMC Public Health Supplement focuses on universal health coverage: (BMC Public Journals) - The supplement contains nine papers and one editorial focused on topics ranging from making health systems work for women to controlling cost escalation of health care.
Where in the world can you get universal health care: (CNN) - Nearly 50 countries have attained universal or near-universal health coverage by 2008, according to the International Labor Organization. Several well-known examples exist like the UK, which has the National Health Service, and the Canadian public health care system. This article profiles more examples of countries have implemented near-universal health care.
Armenia to introduce mandatory health insurance: (ArmeniaNow.com) - Armenia will introduce mandatory health insurance during the next five years, according to a senior pro-government MP.
China's health care reform tasks completed: (ShanghaiDaily.com) - According to a statement issued by the State Council, the health care reform office has completed the schedule of reforms for the 2009-2001 period.
Indian state of Maharastra to launch health scheme in July: (Daily News & Analysis) - Come July, ailing patients in the Indian state of Maharastra will heave a sigh of relief, as Maharashtra gears up to launch the Rs300-crore free health insurance scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Aarogya Yojana (RGJAY), in eight districts of the state.
NHIS seals $2.3 million deal to widen coverage: (AllAfrica.com) - The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has signed a memorandum of understanding for $2.3 million with International Finance Corporation to increase insurance coverage, acting Executive Secretary of the scheme, Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo has said.
Rio+20 links growth to universal health: (The Guardian - Nigeria) - The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) ended at the weekend with the recognition of the important linkages between health and development, and the adoption of a series of measures that have the potential to contribute to a more equitable, cleaner, greener, and more prosperous world.