Primary health care to contribute to universal health coverage

Chris van Weel, Michael R. Kidd

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Strengthening primary health care' and the attainment of universal health coverage'·3 are both important current global health policy initiatives. Primary health care is essential and affordable care that is accessible to everyone in the community, and includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, education and rehabilitation.' The concept of universal health coverage, as noted in the United Nations' 2015Sustainable Development Goals, is an aspiration to provide all people with access to essential high-quality health services and to safe, effective and affordable medicines and vaccines, while ensuring financial risk protection by providing care regardless of a person's ability to pay for it.20 It is clear from these two definitions that there is overlap between the aims of primary health care and universal health coverage; indeed, many have noted that primary health care is essential to achieving universal coverage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrimary Health Care around the World
Subtitle of host publicationRecommendations for International Policy and Development
EditorsChris Van Weel, Amanda Howe
Place of PublicationFlorida, U.S.A.
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781351015912
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-49867-9 , 978 -1-138-49868-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • primary health care
  • health policy
  • universal health coverage
  • World Health Organization


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