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High medical costs leave half the world without health care - 3 Jan 2018 12:52

By: Victor Kiprop

Half of the world’s population cannot access basic health care, a new report says. The 2017 Tracking Universal Health Coverage Report by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO) released last week says that although the coverage of essential services has increased by about 20 per cent from 2000 to 2015, 3.8 billion people across the world still cannot access essential health services. “It is unacceptable and it is unnecessary,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus. “A solution exists. Universal health coverage allows everyone to obtain the health services they need, when and where they need them, without facing financial hardship.” According to the report, Eastern Asia leads in coverage of essential services, scoring 77 in the index, and sub-Saharan Africa is ranked lowest, at 42. High costs are among the key factors limiting access to health, with about 800 million people spending at least 10 per cent of their ...
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