Universal Health Protection: Progress to date and the way forward

Author: International Labour Office. Social Protection Department.
(Social Protection Policy Papers; 10). 2014
ISSN 1020-9581; 1020-959X (web pdf)


This paper proposes policy options based on ILO research and experiences that aim at universal coverage and equitable access to health care. The policy options discussed focus on ensuring the human rights to social security and health and on the rights-based approaches underpinning the need for equity and poverty alleviation. The paper also provides insights into aspects of implementation and related challenges. It includes an overview of ILO concepts, definitions and strategic approaches to achieving socially inclusive and sustainable progress and highlights recent global trends.

Keywords: health, health insurance, development, inequality, policy.

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