Universal Access to Healthcare: Threats and Opportunities
Economic and Political Weekly
Universal access to healthcare (UAHC) seems to have become the current slogan for health services development, both internationally and within India. The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in November2010 with 25 other partners that included five health research networks as core partnersand 18 funders such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, the United States and aid agencies of various governments, was focused on the theme “Science to Accelerate Universal Coverage”.
In the past few years, international debateson universal healthcare have found echoes in academic and policy circles in India.Several Indian academics, policymakers and activists were involved since 2008 in preparing a special issue of The Lancet that was released in January 20112 focusing on universal health coverage in India. This issue was followed in late 2010 by the Planning Commission setting up a high level expert group on universal health coverage by 2020. Civil society and health activists in India have also been involved for several years in the right to healthcare campaign led by the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and its member organisations.
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