is the most important factor in all of our lives. Having sound health is
equivalent to being in a state where we are free from illness or injury. No
matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we have, to have good
health is the greatest form of wealth we could obtain.
for All? is a global health movement undertaken by the World Health
Organization (WHO) in the late 20th century. According to WHO, "'Health
for All' does not mean an end to disease and disability, but rather, it means
that resources for health care are evenly distributed and are easily accessible
2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank jointly published
a report stating that 400 million people globally lack basic healthcare
services. As a consequence, some 150 million people in the world face
?financial catastrophes? due to high health expenses. It was then when WHO
coined the term ?Universal Health Coverage? (UHC), under which each and every
person on the planet has to have access to affordable and reliable health
services. Later, this was supported by UN?s Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), as well.
Nepal, both the National Health Policy (2014) and the National Health Sector
Strategy (2015) aim for universal coverage; even though this is a noble goal,
there have been no concrete actions. Thus, Nepal is exploring many possible
ways to raise the money for universal coverage, including through health
study conducted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) (2013)
shows that rural residents have a limited understanding of health insurance and
risk management. They also found that these rural residents consider their
chances of procuring quality healthcare, when they need it, as pretty slim.
experience shows that it is possible to significantly improve poor people?s
access to quality healthcare through health insurance. In Thailand, the ?30
Baht? health insurance system has been highly successful, while India has also
been able to successfully provide health coverage to all of its citizens living
under the poverty line. Similarly, the Maldives covers the health costs of all of
its citizens through a similar system.
it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health to strengthen peripheral
health facilities and ensure quality services for all.