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The Road to Universal Health Coverage

Innovation, Equity, and the New Health Economy

edited by Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Ilona Kickbusch, and Louis Galambos
foreword by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

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How can countries chart their own course toward universal health coverage?

Like many ambitious global goals, universal health coverage (UHC) remains an aspiration for many countries. The World Health Organization estimates that half the world's population lacks access to basic health services. Moreover, this already staggering number masks inequities that exist between and within countries: gaps between rich and poor, men and women, young and old, and among people of different ethnic backgrounds. UHC promises to give all people greater access to higher quality health services without the fear\u2026

How can countries chart their own course toward universal health coverage?

Like many ambitious global goals, universal health coverage (UHC) remains an aspiration for many countries. The World Health Organization estimates that half the world's population lacks access to basic health services. Moreover, this already staggering number masks inequities that exist between and within countries: gaps between rich and poor, men and women, young and old, and among people of different ethnic backgrounds. UHC promises to give all people greater access to higher quality health services without the fear of financial hardship. But the task of turning this vision into reality poses a significant challenge for countries at all stages of economic development.

In The Road to Universal Health Coverage, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Ilona Kickbusch, Louis Galambos, and their contributors explore the ways in which the private sector is already helping countries achieve universal health coverage. Stressing the many positive aspects of UHC developments, the book focuses on the new health economy and the sometimes controversial dimensions of the private sector helping countries achieve UHC. Theoretical chapters are complemented by a series of case studies that explore the myriad ways in which private sector actors are already addressing UHC.

What are the conditions required for countries to translate their successful experiences and policy promises into practical results for improved population health? In answering this question, the contributors examine the relationship between health employment and economic growth. They also analyze the critical success factors for private sector engagement in UHC, the role of healthy women in creating and sustaining healthy economies, and the role of the pharmaceutical sector. Looking to the political, economic, and social implications of moving from aspiration to implementation, The Road to Universal Health Coverage points the way to the many opportunities ahead as companies continue to work with governments and civil society partners to help achieve UHC.

Jean-Louise Arcand, Héctor Arreola-Ornelas, Nathan J. Blanchet, Christine Bugos, Jim Campbell, John Campbell, Jr., Ibadat Dhillon, Donika Dimovska, Christian Franz, Michael Fürst, Louis Galambos, Belén Garijo, Adeel Ishtiaq, Sowmya Kadandale, Ilona Kickbusch, Felicia Marie Knaul, Jeremy Lauer, Robert Marten, Justin McCarthy, Harald Nusser, K. Srinath Reddy, Yasmine Rouai, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Cicely Thomas, Tana Wuliji, Snow Yang, Pascal Zurn

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This book is a refreshingly lucid presentation of the barriers to achieving universal health coverage. It exudes optimism, explores old and new approaches, and inspires confidence in the role of the private sector in overcoming the barriers. An essential read for those seeking global health solutions.

Most healthcare in the world is provided by the private sector; most countries that have achieved UHC have mixed delivery systems. The authors cogently argue that governments must bring together all players to achieve the vision of UHC: high quality care with financial security for everyone. Essential reading!

The authors weave together a compelling investment case for NGO and private sector engagement to achieve health for all. 'Mixed health systems' help expand access to quality health care and have clear economic benefits. An important takeaway message from this book is to harness innovation while holding each other accountable.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Preface
Introduction. The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Progress, Prospects, and the Private Sector
Chapter 1. Conceptualizing the Health Economy
Chapter 2. The

Foreword by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Preface
Introduction. The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Progress, Prospects, and the Private Sector
Chapter 1. Conceptualizing the Health Economy
Chapter 2. The Relationship between Health Employment and Economic Growth
Chapter 3. Engagement of the Private Sector in Advancing Universal Health Coverage: Understanding and Navigating Major Factors for Success
Chapter 4. Innovative Initiatives from the Private Sector: What Have the Experiences Been? What Opportunities Lie Ahead, and How Can They Be Chapter 5. Healthy Women, Healthy Economies: Essential Facets of Universal Health Coverage
Chapter 6. Reframing the Pharmaceutical Sector Contribution to Access to Medicines and Universal Health Coverage: A Business Ethics Perspective
Chapter 7. Private Sector Joins the Trek on India's Meandering Path to Universal Health Coverage
Chapter 8. A Reality Check: Sierra Leone, the Private Sector, Sustainable Development Goal 3, and Universal Health Coverage
Chapter 9. How Can the Private Sector Help Countries to Achieve Quality, Sustainable Universal Health Coverage? Pfizer's Fight against Chronic Diseases
Chapter 10. Novartis Social Business: A Novel Approach to Expanding Health Care in Developing Countries
Conclusion. The Outlook for Universal Health Coverage and the New Health Economy
List of Contributors
Index

Author Bios
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Jeffrey L. Sturchio

Jeffrey L. Sturchio is senior partner at Rabin Martin, a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise, and former president and CEO of the Global Health Council.
Featured Contributor

Ilona Kickbusch, PhD

Ilona Kickbusch is the director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is a coeditor of The European Union as a Global Health Actor.
Louis Galambos
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Louis Galambos

Louis Galambos is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise.