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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 155-158

A critical analysis of the term "universal health coverage" under post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Faculty of Public Health, St. Theresa International College, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

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Manas Ranjan Behera
Flat No: C36, Rashmi Tower, Nageswar Tangi, Bhubaneswar - 751 002, Odisha, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.162660

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Attaining universal health coverage (UHC) is a common aspiration for many countries across the world. We examine the term UHC in the existing literature, which could help the global community to achieve access to quality health services for all. The term "universal" necessitates aiming for equity to urge the country to provide quality health services, especially to those who are currently unreached. Likewise, the term "health" must focus on social determinants and express an individual's perceived need without any harm to individual values and belief systems. The term "coverage" must make the transition from a measurement of access to quality in terms of coverage, appropriateness of care, and service utilization. Therefore, UHC, one of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), involves health targets that must be redesigned and unpacked with doubled governmental efforts to strengthen primary healthcare, the close-to-client service for equitable health outcomes.

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