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Chart: 100 Million People Pushed into Poverty by Health Costs in 2010

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Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people can obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. A new report produced by the World Bank and the World Health Organization, finds that health expenditures are pushing about 100 million people per year into “extreme poverty,” those who live on $1.90 or less a day; and about 180 million per year into poverty using a $3.10 per day threshold.

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Submitted by Fred A Mwakatobe on

Some of the data are not collected properly especially in the third world countries as most of the families produce food crops and are involved in poutly project in small quantities.My advice is,leaders in the villages are supposed to be trained more in data collection since they can be aware with even a small change of economy likewise an increase in population

Submitted by the truth on

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Submitted by Edward Cuffy on

Health care is usually higher individually for middle age to older people in Africa in terms of lost labor input. The absence of required labor and skills rubs the economy of enormous factor input absence that translate to higher contributing cost in the form of health bills. Other fundamental disregard for traditional health pratices add to the cost borne because of lack of knowledge about traditional health practices especially in urban setting. Take diabetes which has had a toll on the lives of many (including reducing brain functions and contributing to insanity) and have rag havoc in many homes where the death of a bread winner reduces an entire family to barely nothing on the brink of extreme poverty. In the last few years, the discovery of "green tea" or moringa as treatment for malaria, typhoid, diabetes and many more diseases contributed to reduced hospital trips which has meant more money in the hands of those who otherwise would have spent significant amounts for clinical treatment. Some skills which were limited to health practitioners are adaptable by community dwellers with reference to midwifery thus changing the spending spiral for child delivery. But more important are traditional practices that have made people vulnerable to certain diseases eg. Ebola. With improved knowledge about health trends and susceptibilities surrounding what-if situation analysis about health conditions and probabilities, future projections about health trends could be encouraging than they are today

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