Universal Health Care - Part of Health Sector Reform
September 1997 the Minister of Health appointed a Health Sector
Reform Committee which started the most recent Health Sector Reform
process. Cabinet in December 2000 approved the policy presented
in the Health Sector Reform proposal document dated March 2000.
vision is a health sector that is designed to produce "wellness"
in the comprehensive sense including mental, physical and social
health. The underlying belief is that a people who are well "holistically"
will be maximally productive and therefore in a position to fully
develop themselves, their families, their communities and the
nation. Essentially the health sector is responsible for ensuring
that the most valuable national resource, the people, will be
well enough to allow for maximum human resource development.
major financial reform is the Universal Health Care (UHC) initiative.
Background of UHC
Health Care (UHC) is being proposed as a supplementary financial
mechanism for the health system.
* Maximise the use of health resources and create a more efficient
health system capable of providing quality health services in
the most effective manner.
* Reduce the impact of poverty by making health care affordable
and accessible to all in need of care.
* Reduce the resource gap in health to allow for more comprehensive
coverage of health needs.
* Focus resources on priority needs.
* Incorporate appropriate incentive and accountability frameworks
into all provider and health worker agreements to ensure value
overall aim of the UHC is to ensure that no one in need of care
will be denied access to quality health services. It is believed
that the country can deliver to the people a well functioning
health system driven by a robust finance mechanism. The people
in turn can deliver to the country a reduced burden of disease
and enhanced productivity.