(Brookings) - The challenges confronting health systems in Asia include known and emerging infectious diseases and an increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases. For a number of countries, such as Singapore, a rapidly aging population is expected to exacerbate the latter. In 2005, member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) from East Asia and elsewhere made a commitment to develop their health financing systems in ways that will ensure that all people have access to health services and do not suffer financial hardship in paying for them. By this initiative, how successfully health systems meet the challenges ahead will depend on the extent that equity in access and equity in financing are achieved.
(WHO) - Welcoming remarks at a High-level Ministerial Forum on Sustainable and Equitable Growth through Universal Health Coverage, Tokyo, Japan, 6 December 2013
Excellencies, distinguished ministers, representatives of development partners and civil society, ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to this high-level ministerial forum on universal health coverage (UHC). We are looking at UHC as an instrument for sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Mounting evidence tells us that investments in health, especially when they aim for universal access to quality services, contribute to poverty alleviation and shared prosperity among nations.
I thank the Government of Japan and the World Bank for organizing this event.
(MSN) - Universal health coverage is not only morally correct, but vital for a country's economic development, the president of the World Bank says. Jim Yong Kim told told a conference in Japan on Friday that instituting a system that ensures the whole population has access to medical care is key to reducing poverty in the developing world.
"Japan committed to universal health coverage (in 1961) at a time when the GDP per capita wasn't among the highest in the world and at a time when many people outside of Japan thought that Japan could not afford to provide universal health coverage," Kim said.
"The World Bank and leading economic development experts think that was one of the keys to Japanese economic development," Kim said.
After devastation and defeat in World War II, Japan rose quickly to become one of the world's leading economies and enjoyed decades of rapid growth.
Under the Japanese public health system, a patient pays up to 30 per cent of their medical bills, w
(Global Post) - Finance Minister Taro Aso pledged Friday that Japan will play a key role in helping developing countries to attain universal health coverage, ensuring that all people have access to basic medical services without financial hardship.
"Establishment of universal health coverage in Japan has become a platform for economic growth" as it has respected human dignity and contributed to eradicating poverty, Aso said at a joint press conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in Tokyo.
They met with reporters after attending the "Global Conference on Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth," co-hosted by the Japanese government and the World Bank to study health policies.
"If economies in emerging and developing nations grow in a stable manner (on the back of a universal healthcare system)...it would help Japan attract investment from those countries, which would greatly contribute to the Japanese economy," Aso added.
"Japan has accumu
(Nigerian Tribune) - The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr.
(The Times of India) - The Union government, in collaboration with the industry, is in the process of finding out the actual cost of treatment for diseases and fixing a benchmark to make treatment affordable in the country where 40% of the patients still end up in debts after hospitalizations.
Delivering the key-note address at the valedictory session of the first Global Health Conference on Social Marketing and Franchising in Kochi, additional secretary in the union health ministry C K Mishra said a committee comprising industry representatives was into the task of benchmarking the treatment costs.
"Affordability is a big question and where should we fix the benchmark? We cannot do it based on the highly costly treatment in the private sector nor base it on the free healthcare delivery in the public sector," he said.
(The Wall Street Journal) - Much like in the U.S., the topic of universal health care has shaped political debate in Japan in the past two years
As public expenditure soars on medical care for the elderly, Japan had to pass a bill last year to raise sales taxes, a decision that cost the previous government a majority in the lower house.
Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the Government of Japan-World Bank Conference on Universal Health Coverage
(World Bank) - Translated from Japanese: Thank you, Mr. Shibusawa, for that kind introduction, and for the excellent work of JCIE.
Translated from Japanese: I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Minister Aso, Professor Takemi, and the Government of Japan for hosting us, and for the continuing strong partnership between Japan and the World Bank Group.
Translated from Japanese: I also would like to thank all of the honorable ministers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Myanmar, Senegal, and Vietnam who are here with us today. Thank you for your time and for your commitment to universal health coverage.
It is very appropriate that we are meeting in Japan on the topic of universal health coverage.
(TImes Live) - The Lancet's Global Health 2035, written by top economists including US President Barack Obama's former economic advisor Larry Summers, detailed how countries could best invest money to deliver better health.
The report found the "returns on investing in health are impressive".
It also found that extra years lived by citizens and increased gains in productivity accounted for massive economic growth. It predicted returns nine times the investment on health.
The report was commissioned as a follow-up to the 1993 World Development Report described as a "catalyst in global health".
(The Guardian) - The Zonal Coordinator of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr.