24 August 2018 Vol 361, Issue 6404
The promise and peril of universal health care
By David E. Bloom, Alexander Khoury, Ramnath Subbaraman
Science24 Aug 2018 Full Access
Population health and national development
Healthy populations translate into productive and stable nations. Universal health care (UHC) is a pragmatic and ethical ideal that, thanks to social and economic progress, seems almost achievable. However, UHC means different things in different contexts. The minimum ideal is that no individual or family should suffer financial hardship because of accessing good-quality medical assistance. Bloom et al. review health priorities around the world and what will be needed in terms of skills, funds, and technology to achieve health care access for all.