Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.

Over the past decade, countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region have made significant health gains and increased commitments to advance UHC. The Regional Committee of the Western Pacific has agreed that countries should develop UHC roadmaps based on 5 attributes of high-performing health systems: quality, efficiency, equity, accountability, sustainability and resilience.

Achieving UHC is one of the key targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and it is the focus of World Health Day in 2018.

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Essential health services

Up to 60%Of people living in some countries of the Region lack coverage with essential health services

Baseline Report for the Western Pacific Region

Health costs for people

More than 1 in 5Households in some countries of the Region spend more than 10% of their income on health care

Baseline Report for the Western Pacific Region

Government spending on health

$35Some countries in the Region spend as little as USD 35 per person per year or 2.8% of GDP on health, while others spend more than USD 6,000 or up to 17.1% of GDP

Baseline Report for the Western Pacific Region