FT Health: The drive for universal health coverage


When Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected director-general of the World Health Organization last month, he did so thanks to one dominant campaign pledge: to push for universal health coverage.


Progress will not be easy given the growing demand for healthcare in a world of limited resources and disagreements about the best ways to respond.

Access to medicines and other medical commodities including vaccines and diagnostics is one barrier, sparking questions about intellectual property but also about donations and differential pricing for poorer patients.

But there are many broader issues around investment in health systems and innovation in how services are delivered — let alone the need for a far greater focus on prevention.

Our Access to Healthcare report covers handouts of free medicines for Americans, South Africa’s reliance on charities to plug gaps in public services and profiles of innovative social enterprises.

Three questions


Kees Van Lede, chief executive of Carepay, operator of MTIBA – a ‘health wallet’ – one of the winners of the 2017 FT/IFC transformational business awards.