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10 facts on universal health coverage

Beneficiaries show their health insurance cards in Kwara State, Nigeria
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In 2010, 79 countries devoted less than 10% of government expenditure to health

Governments need to give higher priority to health in their budgets as domestic financial support is crucial for sustaining universal coverage in the long term. If African Union countries increased government expenditure on health to 15% as promised in the Abuja Declaration in 2001, they could together raise an extra US$ 29 billion per year for health.

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