Catalyzing Change: The System Reform Costs of Universal Health Coverage

A global movement for universal health coverage (UHC) is under way, as illustrated by an increasing number of nations working toward achieving UHC. Endorsed by the World Health Assembly through a resolution in 2005, UHC is defined as access for all to appropriate health services at an affordable cost. Universal coverage is associated with better health and equity, as well as financial protection. This new report aims to call health leaders’ attention to the importance and enhanced feasibility of establishing … Read More

Single Payer Health Care

SINGLE PAYER 101 WHAT IS SINGLE PAYER? Single payer refers to a way of financing health care, which includes both the collection of money for health care and reimbursement of providers for health care costs. In a single payer system, both the collection of funds and the reimbursement are the responsibility of one entity: the government. The government collects funds from individuals and businesses, mainly in the form of taxes, and the government reimburses providers for health care services delivered … Read More

Healthcare in Taiwan: Successes and Challenges

The Center for Chinese Studies, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the North American Taiwan Medicial Assoc. cosponsor a conference on healthcare issues in Taiwan By Richard Gunde The worldwide pandemic of AIDS, and the more recent epidemic of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which in 2002 and 2003 was reported in thirty countries in four continents, have demonstrated once again that disease knows no borders. Playing politics with health — attempting to hide the outbreak of … Read More

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