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10 facts on universal health coverage

A health worker measures a patient's blood pressure in a primary health care centre, Kyrgyzstan
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The most effective way to provide universal coverage is to share the costs across the population

In this way, people make compulsory contributions – through taxation and/or insurance – to a pool of funds. They can then draw on these funds in case of illness, regardless of how much they have contributed. In Kyrgyzstan, for example, the pooling of general revenues with insurance payroll taxes has helped improve access to health care.

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