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10 facts on universal health coverage

A baby receives a vaccination, Thailand
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Out-of-pocket payments push 100 million people into poverty every year

Every year 100 million people are pushed into poverty because they have to pay for health services directly. To reduce these financial risks, countries such as Thailand are moving away from a system funded largely by out-of-pocket payments to one funded by prepaid funds – a mix of taxes and insurance contributions.

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