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At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new
report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into
poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets.
Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses
for themselves, a sick child or other family member. For almost 100 million people these expenses are
high enough to push them into extreme poverty, forcing them to survive on just $1.90 or less a day.
The findings, released today in Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report,
have been simultaneously published in Lancet Global Health.
"It is completely unacceptable that half the world still lacks coverage for the most essential health
services," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "And it is unnecessary. A
solution exists: universal health coverage (UHC) allows everyone to obtain the health services they
need, when and where they need them, without facing financial hardship."
"The report makes clear that if we are serious – not just about better health outcomes, but also about
ending poverty – we must urgently scale up our efforts on universal health coverage," said World Bank
Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim. "Investments in health, and more generally investments in people,
are critical to build human capital and enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth. But the
system is broken: we need a fundamental shift in the way we mobilize resources for health and human
capital, especially at the country level. We are working on many fronts to help countries spend more
and more effectively on people, and increase their progress towards universal health coverage."
There is some good news: The report shows that the 21st century has seen an increase in the number of
people able to obtain some key health services, such as immunization and family planning, as well as
antiretroviral treatment for HIV and insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria. In addition,
fewer people are now being tipped into extreme poverty than at the turn of the century.
Progress, however, is very uneven.
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