World Health Day 2019 was on April 7 this year. This is an important day for us at Avalon Laser Health, as ensuring good health is our number one priority. The theme this year is universal health coverage, and while we have this for many health services in Canada, many other countries do not. Take some time to get educated on your own coverage, and find out what you can do to support world health and this year’s top issue, Universal Health Coverage (via World Health Organization https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/universal-health-coverage-(uhc))
- Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.
- At least half of the people in the world do not receive the health services they need.
- About 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health.
- Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage.
- Unsafe and low-quality health care ruins lives and costs the world trillions of dollars every year; we must do more to improve the quality and safety of health services globally.
- At its heart, primary health care is about caring for people and helping them improve their health or maintain their well-being, rather than just treating a single disease or condition.
- Primary health care covers the majority of your health needs throughout your life including services such as screening for health problems, vaccines, information on how to prevent disease, family planning, treatment for long and short-term conditions, coordination with other levels of care, and rehabilitation.
- Primary health care is a cost effective and equitable way of delivering health services and helping countries make progress towards universal health coverage.
- Health workers have a crucial role to play educating patients on how to take care of their health, coordinating care and advocating for their patients’ needs to health facility managers and policy-makers.
- Primary health-care workers have a continuing and trusted relationship with their patients and know their health history; knowing the full picture helps improve their care and saves money.
- To make health for all a reality, we need:
- individuals and communities who have access to high quality health services so that they take care of their own health and the health of their families;
- skilled health workers providing quality, people-centred care; and
- policy-makers committed to investing in primary health care.
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