UN, health groups launch Universal Health Coverage day

The day aims to stress the importance of equality in accessing health services.

FILE: More than 500 health organisations have joined the United Nations in launching the first ever Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Despite two decades of celebrated democracy, it's being argued that South Africans are not receiving equal medical treatment.

More than 500 health organisations have joined the United Nations in launching the first ever Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day.

This is to accelerate equal access to quality health services.

The day aims to stress the importance of equality in accessing health services.

Doctor Goldstein Susan of the Soul City Institute for Health and Development says universal health coverage will benefit populations across the world.

"Universal health coverage is absolutely essential for the health and wellbeing of populations and what is clear across the planet is that there are pockets and groups who are getting unequal health access."

Goldstein says the South African government has over the past 18 months rolled out pilot programmes for universal coverage.

She says these focus on over 190 issues to improve health care quality.