Equitable Access to Quality Services

Equitable Access to Quality Services

Equitable access to quality services

Universal health coverage means that there is equitable access and use of quality services by all those that need it, be it preventive, curative or palliative care. Attaining it may start with health sector policy dialogue or reform that can lead to a robust and appropriate health sector strategy, policy and plan.

For universal health coverage to be full realized, all aspects of health services provision must be attended to. These include access to essential medicines and incorporation of traditional medicines into the health system. Human resources for health have to be not only adequate in number, but in the right combination of skills, and equitably distributed to where they are most needed. Intellectual property and trade issues also play a key part. Moreover, as countries strive to attain universal access to quality health services with financial protection, they must look beyond the health sector and address the wider issues of equity that affect public health, including gender, race, socio-economic status and location.