Universal access to health and universal health coverage imply that all people and communities have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive, appropriate and timely, quality health services determined at the national level according to needs, as well as access to safe, effective, and affordable quality medicines, while ensuring that the use of such services does not expose users to financial difficulties, especially groups in conditions of vulnerability. Universal access to health and universal health coverage require determining and implementing policies and actions with a multisectoral approach to address the social determinants of health and promote a society-wide commitment to fostering health and well-being. The right to health is the core value of universal health coverage, to be promoted and protected without distinction of age, ethnic group, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, economic position, birth, or any other status.
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Scientific and technical material: Universal health
- The Lancet: Universal Health Coverage in Latin America Series
- World Bank, PAHO/WHO. Toward Universal Health Coverage and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean Evidence from Selected Countries 
- Experts seek ways to boost public spending on health in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve and sustain universal health 
- Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage. Toward consensus in the Region of the Americas.
- Playlist: Universal health coverage/Cobertura universal de salud
- Video: Comments from Ministers of Health from the Region [with subtitles in English/Spanish]
- Video: Speech. Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director. Peru, February, 2014
- Video: Imagine a World
- Video: Imaginemos un mundo
- Photos: Universal health