The ‘most comprehensive agreement ever’ on global health. That’s what the declaration is being called. During the United Nation’s (UN) recent General Assembly, the UN Member States adopted a high-level political declaration to ensure that all have access to essential, equitable and quality health services without experiencing financial hardship. The declaration accelerates progress towards universal health coverage by 2030. This includes:
Why Is This Important?
At least half the world’s population still do not have access to essential health care services. This could include some employees in your company’s worldwide workforce. The obstacles are many. The UN says that among others, key barriers to universal health care achievement include:
Moving from declaration to implementation will require many resources and investment. During the General Assembly, the Vice-Minister of Health Commission of China presented a statement on behalf of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Health Working Group. This statement encourages an increase in health investment, optimization of health funds, and encourages improvement of equitable access to health care services and insurance.
What Is the Employer’s Role?
The UN declaration called on world leaders to increase investment in health care through primary, people-centered services. For companies who continue to invest in health and well-being programs for their global workforce, these themes are familiar. Through on-site clinics, supplementary health coverage, and in some cases access to telemedicine services, employers invest in their company programs to help employees navigate their local barriers to health care and can help reduce the inequities that lead to poor health, while improving workforce productivity.
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