The World Medical Association (WMA) has committed the world’s 12 million physicians to promoting the benefits of universal health coverage (UHC) across the globe.
In a special ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, WMA President Dr Leonid Eidelman officially signed the UHC2030 Global Compact for a safer, fairer and healthier world by 2030. The ceremony came on the second day of the World Health Assembly, which is taking place from 20 to 28 May in Geneva.
Dr Eidelman said that UHC was key to reaching the World Health Organization’s ‘triple billion’ targets - one billion more people benefitting from UHC, one billion more people better protected from health emergencies and one billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.
"The World Medical Association embraces the concept wholeheartedly, and we are keen to see quality primary care provided by multi-disciplinary teams at the core of strong and comprehensive healthcare systems. In our view, UHC is the biggest step forward ever made by WHO, and we are firmly part of the movement.
"In parts of the world where health systems are close to UHC, we can show that this is for the benefit of everybody - for our patients, our colleagues and the communities we serve," he stated.