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10 facts on universal health coverage

Generic drugs being checked in a pharmacy, France
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Globally, 20–40% of resources spent on health are wasted

Common causes of inefficiencies include demotivated health workers, duplication of services, and inappropriate or overuse of medicines and technologies. In 2008 for example, France saved almost US$2 billion by use of generic medicines wherever possible.

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