Universal Health Coverage Data

Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people can obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. The 2017 UHC Global Monitoring Report looks at how many people globally lack access to essential health services and how many are pushed into poverty or spending too much of their household budgets on out-of-pocket health expenses. The data show that despite some progress, there is a long way to go to getting to UHC by 2030: the global target agreed to under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Failure to accelerate progress towards UHC not only means that SDG3 (on better health for all) is out of reach, it also puts the overarching global goal of ending poverty (SDG1) out of reach because health care is a key reason why people globally are pushed into poverty.