Invest 1% More Of GDP In Primary Healthcare To Achieve Universal Health Coverage, Says WHO

Around 5 billion people will not have access to healthcare by 2030 in case all nations doesn’t invest 1 percent more of their GDP in primary healthcare, says WHO. According to the new Universal Health Coverage Monitory Report prepared by WHO, it is said that the goal set for universal health coverage in 2015 isn’t achievable if countries don’t increase their GDP by 1 percent on healthcare.

Providing free and accessible primary health services such as immunization, antenatal care, health and lifestyle related advices are essential to achieve universal health coverage, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

The most vulnerable are women and children that succumb to easily preventable and treatable diseases because they can’t get access to healthcare. Providing access to primary health care to the poorest and the most vulnerable as well as improving and expanding primary health care everywhere will enable to achieve the Universal Healthcare Coverage at the stipulated time, said the Universal Health Coverage Monitory Report.

Average life expectancy would increase by 3.7 years as well as save 60 million lives in low and middle income countries if an additional investment of 200 billion USD every year to revamp and scale up primary healthcare is incorporated, says the new report. It further said that it would meant 3% increase on the 7.5 trillion USD spent each year on health globally. Invest 1 percent more of their GDP in primary healthcare .

Inadequate health infrastructure, health workers, supply systems, and poor-quality care are reportedly major obstacles to achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage. The report also put the data on household spending on healthcare at 10 percent for 925 million people and 25 percent for another 200 million people.

The report also said that people are making ends meet in many countries as they have to meet hospital expenses and have also asked all countries to increase their spending on healthcare by another 1 percent of their GDP, says the new Universal Health Coverage Monitory Report.