Universal health coverage is one of the most powerful social equalizers among all policy options. It is the ultimate expression of fairness. If public health has something that can help our troubled, out-of-balance world, it is this: growing evidence that well-functioning and inclusive health systems contribute to social cohesion, equity, and stability. They hold societies together and help reduce social tensions. – Dr Margaret Chan [i]
Progress is being made in health and wellbeing. Since 1990 there have been major advances in life expectancy and reduced child mortality. There have been improvements in clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDs.
A lot can still be done! Access to quality and affordable health care is one of those big steps that will improve the health and wellbeing of millions of people around the world.
The nursing workforce is the enabler of this vision to become a reality. How the nursing profession reacts, is empowered and enabled will determine the success of universal health coverage.
[i] Chan, M. (2015). WHO Director-General addresses ministerial meeting on universal health coverage. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2015/singapore-uhc/en/