Urbis’ Linda Kurti discusses ‘Health for All’ following the Health, Wellbeing and Society conference in Washington DC.
I was privileged to deliver the opening keynote address at the recent Health, Wellbeing and Society conference in Washington DC, and to spend two days with representatives of 17 countries – academics, policy makers, clinicians and practitioners – discussing issues relevant to the work of Urbis’ Economic and Social Advisory team.
My address focused on the impact of universal health on population health and wellbeing, using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of universal health access as: “That all people obtain the health services they need, of good quality, without suffering financial hardship when paying for them”.
In 2005, all WHO member states committed to a resolution that all countries should provide universal health coverage. According to the WHO this access includes three components: physical accessibility, financial affordability, and acceptability.