Ensuring universal health coverage without impoverishment is the foundation for achieving the health objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Health for all” must be the centre of gravity for efforts to achieve all of the SDGs – because when people are healthy, their families, communities and countries benefit. But we have a long way to go. About 400 million people – one out of every 17 of the world’s citizens – lack access to essential health services.
Achieving universal health coverage is an ambitious goal, but it is one that can and must be achieved to create a healthier and more equitable world. This will require a health-in-all policies approach that also addresses the social, economic and political determinants of health.