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Cuba’s Health Care System Can Serve As Example To Other Countries

Huffington Post: Cuba’s Health Care System: a Model for the World Salim Lamrani, doctor, Paris Sorbonne Paris IV University, and lecturer, University of La Réunion “According to the U.N.’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world. … Despite extremely limited resources…

Devex Examines Singapore’s Success In Developing Health System

“Singapore now spends less than one percent of its gross domestic product on health, much less than India where public health services are poor, and even less than the United States where outcomes are way below the average of OECD countries,” Devex writes. The news service interviews U.S. biologist, entrepreneur…

New Report Explores Equity And Universal Health Coverage

“Together with UNICEF, WHO, and Save the Children, the Rockefeller Foundation is formally launching ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap,’ a report [.pdf] that serves to reframe the focus of universal health coverage (UHC) so that equity is the lens through which all future efforts towards achieving…

Global Leaders Urge U.N. Member States To Include UHC In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states … to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the U.S.,” where enrollment opens on Tuesday “for…

U.N.-Backed Report Says Countries Not Prepared For Growing Aging Population

“The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study … issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group,” the Associated Press/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. “The report ranks the social and economic well-being of…

Argentina’s Incentive-Based Health Program Shows Positive Results

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the CGD, and Kate McQueston, a program coordinator to the global health policy team, examine Argentina’s “innovative results-based financing program between its federal and provincial authorities…

Free Health Care Does Not Equate To Better Health

“…Like insurance, removing user fees reduces the direct costs of health care. But reducing the direct costs of care generally hasn’t — on its own — improved health. Free care or insurance thus seems a necessary but not a sufficient condition for improving health outcomes. Here’s why…,” Amanda Glassman, director…

WHO Taking Steps To Address Health System Failure In CAR

The WHO last week announced it is taking steps to address the devastated health care system in Central African Republic, news outlets report. VOA News: CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair “The World Health Organization reports the Central African Republic’s shattered health system is in desperate need of repair.…

Technical Director Reflects On Malaria Consortium’s Decade Of Disease Control

The Guardian: Malaria Consortium reflects on a decade in disease control Sylvia Meek, technical director of Malaria Consortium “…We didn’t want to start up an organization just to duplicate what others were doing, but instead to fill a gap we had found. We felt impatient sometimes at what we felt…

Cameroon To Regulate Illegal Clinics In Effort To Address Health Care Crisis

NPR: As Health Crisis Looms, Cameroon Cracks Down On Illegal Clinics “…Cameroon is tackling a health care crisis. … But public health care is too expensive, or simply not available, for many families. So they’ve turned to unauthorized clinics for care. … [However,] the government sees these private, unauthorized facilities…