Health care for all is further away than many thought, according to a new study from the World Health Organization and the World Bank, which reports that some 400 million people are still without access to basic health services.
The study took a global approach in examining seven important health care areas: family planning, prenatal care, birth attendance, DTP vaccine for infants, HIV treatment, tuberculosis treatment, and insecticide-treated bed nets. It also found that health care is a devastating cost for people in low-income countries, pushing 6 percent of those populations into poverty.
The report is a “wake-up call,” said Timothy G. Evans, World Bank Group’s senior director of health, nutrition, and population. “It shows that we’re a long way from achieving universal health coverage,” he said.
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