Engaging in the Political Economy of Universal Health Coverage

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This seminar, as part of the Global Health Initiative seminar series, presents critical perspectives on the political economy of UHC

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Whereas achieving universal health coverage (UHC) requires a comprehensive range of health systems reforms, perhaps the most important step is switching from a health financing system dominated by private voluntary financing to one dominated by compulsory public financing.

Only progressive public financing mechanisms can deliver an equitable health system, where services are allocated according to need and financial contributions are made according to people’s ability to pay. A free market in health services will not achieve this outcome and instead the power of the state is needed to compel healthy-wealthy people to subsidise services for the sick and the poor.

As powerful interest groups often tend to oppose UHC financing transitions, these processes are inherently political. The lecture will review a number of recent UHC transitions at different income levels and highlight the importance of genuine political commitment from the head of state to overcome political barriers and bring UHC to the people. Global health agencies need to improve their performance in engaging in issues relating to the political economy of UHC, especially as countries become less dependent on aid and more reliant on domestic financing mechanisms.

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Robert Yates is a political health economist specialising in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long-term consultant to The Elders on their UHC programme.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation, advising numerous governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on health financing policy and health systems reforms.

He holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA, from the University of Leeds.

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London School of Economics and Political Science

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