Accreditation as a path to achieving universal quality health coverage

Globalization and Health
[Accessed 18 October2014]
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Commentary
Accreditation as a path to achieving universal quality health coverage
Kedar S Mate1*, Anne L Rooney1, Anuwat Supachutikul2 and Girdhar Gyani3
Author Affiliations
1 Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 20 University Road, 7th Floor, Cambridge 02138, MA, USA
2 Healthcare Accreditation Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
3 National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, New Delhi, India
Globalization and Health 2014, 10:68 doi:10.1186/s12992-014-0068-6
Abstract
As many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) pursue health care reforms in order to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), development of national accreditation systems has become an increasingly common quality-enhancing strategy endorsed by payers, including Ministries of Health. This article describes the major considerations for health system leaders in developing and implementing a sustainable and successful national accreditation program, using the 20-year evolution of the Thai health care accreditation system as a model. The authors illustrate the interface between accreditation as a continuous quality improvement strategy, health insurance and other health financing schemes, and the overall goal of achieving universal health coverage