Universal health coverage in the Western Pacific: interviews with senior government officials

February 2013

Health and finance ministers and other senior officials from five Western Pacific countries expressed their support for universal health coverage during a meeting on 18 and 19 February 2013 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The momentum for universal health coverage is growing because it is increasingly seen as a means to boost economies and societies and to achieve equity in health care. Here, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva, the health minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the finance ministers of the Philippines and Samoa and a senior official in the health ministry of Viet Nam share their experiences of trying to provide quality health care to everyone.

Interview with His Excellency Ambassador LIU Zhenmin from the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Interview with Dr Eksavong Vongvichit, Minister of Health, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Interview with Mr Jeremias Paul, Undersecretary of Finance, Department of Finance of the Philippines

Interview with Dr Liuga Faumuina, Minister of Finance, Samoa

Interview with Dr Le Tuan Pham, Director of Planning and Finance, Ministry of Health, Viet Nam