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Submitted by Anonymous on
In all the discussions on and definitions about UHC, I have seen reference to the notion of a basic and defined package of services and benefits to treat / provide to people of all income levels who need health care, but I have not seen any reference to primary prevention. We need to reach people (and prevent ilness) before it takes place in the first instance. Exclusively curative approaches to improving the health of a nation won't work. Until we embed public health approaches in universal coverage discussions and until the package of services is based on the burden of disease and the epidemiology of infectious diseases in a country, we will forever be playing catch-up.