UHC : Extending social health protection, promoting equity

Date

Tuesday, November 17th 15:15 - 16:15 (Swiss time)

 

Presentation

Reaching universal health coverage is a central objective of social protection systems and, likewise, extending social protection to all in the field of health is a key contribution towards the goal of UHC set by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Yet, half of the wordís population does not have access to the health services they need, highlighting the important social health protection coverage gap. In this context, a number of countries are strengthening their efforts to ensure that social health protection is a right enjoyed by all. In doing so, they are often confronted with highly fragmented systems of coverage, financing and delivery, which in turn impact equity. At the same time, specific challenges remain when it comes to offering social health protection to certain populations that may be remote to central administrations and institutions.

The panellists will provide insights on the pathways they have used in reducing fragmentation while extending coverage, notably through:

  • the creation or merging of national systems based on a single risk pool or institution;
  • the integration of programmes that were vertically funded into broader schemes; and
  • the mobilization of partnerships within the social protection system and beyond to reach uncovered populations.

The session will provide insights on practical ways for countries to extend social health protection to all as a central contribution to universal health coverage.

 

Moderator

Priti_Patnaik

Claude Meyer
Coordinator, P4H Social Health Protection Network

 

Speakers

Matthew MacGregor

Matthew MacGregor
Senior Manager, Sustainability, Transition, Co-Financing, Global Fund

Aungsumalee Pholpark

Aungsumalee Pholpark
lecturer at the Department of Society and Health, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand

Valerie Schmitt

Valerie Schmitt
Deputy Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)