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10 facts on universal health coverage

Tobacco products displayed in an open air market stall
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Countries are finding innovative ways to raise revenue for health

All countries can improve their tax collection mechanisms. They can also consider introducing levies or taxes earmarked for health, such as “sin” taxes on the sale of tobacco and alcohol. As an example, Ghana funded its national health insurance partly by increasing value-added tax by 2.5%.

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