What Is Universal Health Coverage?

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Intro: What is universal health coverage?
As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), the primary advocate, universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as “ensuring that all people can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship,” ("What is universal coverage?"). To put this formal definition in laymen’s terms, the goal of UHC is for everyone to have access to health care, not just those who can afford it; the quality of the health coverage people receive is substantial enough to increase the health of those who use it, and that it will not create financial hardship for the people who seek it. The goal of this paper is to make an argument for three things: why the government should provide UHC, why allowing the private control of insurance would be detrimental, and whether it is politically feasible to pass UHC initiatives. Before the conclusion of this paper, there are listed long-term results that benefit the countries that have pursued UHC provision.
Why should the government provide UHC?
One of the main argument for government provision of UHC is that it is a fundamental human right; this argument is a main pillar of the WHO constitution that was created in 1948 ("What is universal coverage?"). Governments should provide UHC, not just because of the commodity egalitarianism
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