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Special Issue "The Advances and Challenges in Universal Health Coverage"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 1903

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Department of International Health and Collaboration, National Institute of Public Health, Saitama 351-0197, Japan
Interests: health service research; health care quality indicators; healthy aging; women’s health; rare/intractable diseases; global health

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Dear Colleagues,

According to World Health Organization, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all people have access to the health services that they need without financial difficulties, including the full range of essential health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015 as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals, look toward 2030 to set health sector goals not only for developing countries but also for developed countries, further strengthening international efforts toward "no one left behind”. SDG3 aims to "ensure the healthy lives and promote the well-being of all people of all ages". In this context, UHC is identified as Target 3.8: “Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all".

In order to achieve SDG 3, "Health and Well-being for All," it is important to evaluate and monitor the status of health care in each country using uniform indicators. Yet, there are many difficulties, such as different health systems, differences in the implementation of surveys and statistics, and financial challenges. On the other hand, the rapid globalization of the world reminds us that health issues in other countries can also affect us, for example, the global COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, we should not forget that health crises can more severely affect the most vulnerable people.

For this Special Issue, we broadly invite manuscripts on the following areas related to UHC in life-course: financial risk protection; reproductive, maternal, newborn and children’s health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; mental health; substance abuse; health-related water and sanitation; and health service capacity and access, including human resources.

Dr. Tomoko Kodama
Guest Editor

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  • universal health coverage
  • sustainable development
  • financial risk protection
  • reproductive
  • maternal
  • newborn and child health
  • infectious diseases
  • non-communicable diseases
  • mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • water and Sanitation related to health
  • health service capacity
  • access
  • human resources

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The 2019 Philippine UHC Act, Pandemic Management and Implementation Implications in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Content Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9567; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159567 - 04 Aug 2022
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The 2019 Philippine Universal Health Care Act (Republic Act 11223) was set for implementation in January 2020 when disruptions brought on by the pandemic occurred. Will the provisions of the new UHC Act for an improved health system enable agile responses to forthcoming [...] Read more.
The 2019 Philippine Universal Health Care Act (Republic Act 11223) was set for implementation in January 2020 when disruptions brought on by the pandemic occurred. Will the provisions of the new UHC Act for an improved health system enable agile responses to forthcoming shocks, such as this COVID-19 pandemic? A content analysis of the 2019 Philippine UHC Act can identify neglected and leverage areas for systems’ improvement in a post-pandemic world. While content or document analysis is commonly undertaken as part of scoping or systematic reviews of a qualitative nature, quantitative analyses using a two-way mixed effects, consistency, multiple raters type of intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) were applied to check for reliability and consistency of agreement among the study participants in the manual tagging of UHC components in the legislation. The intraclass correlation reflected the individuals’ consistency of agreement with significant reliability (0.939, p < 0.001). The assessment highlighted a centralized approach to implementation, which can set aside the crucial collaborations and partnerships demonstrated and developed during the pandemic. The financing for local governments was strengthened with a new ruling that could alter UHC integration tendencies. A smarter allocation of tax-based financing sources, along with strengthened information and communications systems, can confront issues of trust and accountability, amidst the varying capacities of agents and systems. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Advances and Challenges in Universal Health Coverage)
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