Leading the way towards universal health coverage: a call to action

Lancet. 2015 Apr 4;385(9975):1352-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61467-7. Epub 2014 Oct 15.


Policy innovations and lessons associated with the quest for universal health coverage in Latin America are the result of a complex epidemiological transition, an extended process of democratisation, and high economic growth in recent times that has facilitated additional investments in health. The goal of universal health coverage is part of a third generation of health-system reforms, which implies a comprehensive scope of policy interventions, including the introduction of explicit ethical frameworks, the enhanced attention to financial arrangements, and the transformation of major dimensions of the organisation of health systems. The call for action emphasises the next steps that could help reach the goal of universal health coverage both in the Latin American region and the rest of the developing world.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Care Reform / organization & administration*
  • Health Care Reform / trends
  • Healthcare Disparities / statistics & numerical data
  • Healthcare Disparities / trends
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health / organization & administration
  • Insurance, Health / trends
  • Latin America
  • Patient Rights / trends
  • Social Determinants of Health / trends
  • Universal Health Insurance / organization & administration*
  • Universal Health Insurance / trends