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Delivering Universal Health: A Collaborative Approach

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Abstract

Delivering universal health should involve the provision of evidence-based interventions to whole populations, preferably free at the point of need. This places a huge burden on limited resources, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. A collaborative or integrated approach to delivery of healthcare is therefore essential in achieving universal health coverage and is more cost-effective. Funding for this would usually be via taxes or health insurance, with the rich contributing more.

Collaborative and integrated care should not be limited to health services. Services that address wider determinants of health such as social care, education, and housing and patients and their families should be part of the collaborative care system.

There is a perception that universal health coverage may dilute the quality of healthcare. Therefore any attempts at developing universal health coverage should be accompanied by public education about its benefits.

Keywords

  • Universal health coverage
  • Universal health
  • Collaborative care
  • Integrated care

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Ivbijaro, G., Kolkiewicz, L., N’jie, I.N.S., Enum, Y. (2020). Delivering Universal Health: A Collaborative Approach. In: Okpaku, S. (eds) Innovations in Global Mental Health. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70134-9_109-1

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