Universal Health Coverage||UHC||Overview, Concept, Challenges, Initiatives, and Progress till 2020

Universal Health Coverage||UHC||Overview, Concept, Challenges, Initiatives, and Progress till 2020

UHC means the people should have access to health care services in any part of the country regardless of income levels, social status, or religion to affordable, accountable, appropriate health services of assured quality (Promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative).

Principles of UHC
1. Universality
2. Equity
3. Empowerment
4. Comprehensiveness and rationality of care
5. Non-exclusion and nondiscrimination
6. Financial protection
7. Protection of patient’s right
8. Portability and continuity of care
9. Pivotal role of public financing
10. Accountability, transparency and participation
11. Consolidated and strengthened public health
12. Supplementary operational tenets

RECOMMENDATIONS BY HLEG (Five Critical Areas)
1. Health Financing and Financial Protection
2. Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Technology
3. Health Service Management and Institutional Reforms
4. Human Resources for Health
5. Community Participation and Citizen-centric Engagement

INITIATIVES OF GOI ON UHC DAY
1. Launch of mHealth: Safe Delivery App and LaQshya(Labor room Quality Improvement Initiative) by Union minister & Health and Family Welfare.
2. Formulation of National Health Policy (NHP)
3. Intgrated Mission Indradhanush (IMI) for full immunization coverage
4. Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Program
5. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) to provide subsidized medicines
6. Establishment of 1.5 Lakh Health & Wellness Center (HWC)
7. Universal Screening of common Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)

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