‘The argument about universal health coverage (UHC) has been won, and won remarkably quickly… It is no longer a case of “why, what, or when” UHC. It is now about “how”,’ say Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief) and Pamela Das (Senior Executive Editor) in this week’s issue of The Lancet (28 March 2015).

They conclude: ‘The great gap that now exists for countries trying to deliver UHC is access to a library of knowledge – evidence, experience, and resources – to assist their decision making. If countries had a reliable and independent source of information about the advantages and disadvantages, benefits and unanticipated harms, of one particular policy over another, each nation might be able to avoid the mistakes of the past. At present, no such library exists. This Series [Lancet Series on UHC in Latin America] could provide the basis for such a regional and eventually global resource – and enable a post-2015 target for UHC to be a realistic hope.’

CITATION: Richard Horton, Pamela Das. Universal health coverage: not why, what, or when—but how? Volume 385, No. 9974, p1156–1157, 28 March 2015 DOI: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61742-6/fulltext

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