Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage

2015 December 18
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“Millions of people around the world are forced into poverty while living with non-communicable diseases such as cancer, or other serious health conditions. Paying for costly treatment, loss of income, or travel for treatment and care, all contribute to this downward spiral.” In a report published in the Huffington Post titled “Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage“, Pamela Glasner discusses the importance of palliative care and the need to prioritise it in discussions around Universal Health Coverage and the Global Goal for Health.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a target of the Global Goal for Health. It means that all people should have access to good quality, comprehensive health services without being exposed to financial hardship. Hospice and palliative care services are an important part of UHC, aiming to relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for adults and children affected by life-threatening and life-limiting illness.

The article highlights the report Palliative Care and the Global Goal for Health, published recently by international palliative care organisations ahead of Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December, that calls for greater action and progress on delivering UHC.

We thank Ms Kate Jackson for bringing this to our attention.

Read the article on Huffington Post website.

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