Universal Health Coverage Not About Profit But Humanity

Patients at a hospital in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By Business Daily

We as humans are by nature empathetic, social and capable of collaborating in mutually supportive ways for the individual and common good. Naturally, we are saddened when we see human suffering. Likewise, we are cheered when we witness success.

Yes, we also have in us negative non-cohesive tendencies such as selfishness and greed, jealousy and aggression.

Ultimately, however, the common good tendencies predominate. This is the reason why we have collectively overcome vices such as ending slavery and apartheid.

Indeed, negotiating and adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an example of the success of our cohesive tendencies.

How is this interplay currently impacting the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? Previously, health was classified as a cost without economic returns.

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