United Nation’s resolution on Universal Health Coverage (of December 2012) urges
governments to providing all people with access to affordable, quality health services. Two
key aspects of UHC should be noted: citizens should have access to full range of essential
services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care;
and citizens should not suffer from financial hardship. What does UHC mean in the Indian
context? How far have we progressed towards goals of UHC? What challenges have we
faced and continue to face in our progress towards UHC? Could we have fared better over?
How do we ensure that we progress towards UHC more efficiently, effectively and
equitably? How have different states responded to this declaration? These, along with several
other concerns, will be addressed by the panellists.