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Financing health care for adolescents: a necessary part of universal health coverage


Autor institucional : WHO
Autor/Autores: Catriona Waddingtona, Claudia Samboa
Fecha de publicación: Enero, 2015
Alcance geográfico: Internacional
Publicado en: Internacional
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Resumen: Adolescents – defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as persons aged 10–19 years – account for 1.2 billion or 18% of the world’s population.1 Adolescence is a crucial phase in human development, with rapid psychosocial and biological changes and it is often a period of experimentation and risk-taking. Health-related behaviours – such as patterns of alcohol use – affect physical and cognitive development, which can have an effect on long-term health. All these factors have implications for the types of health interventions that adolescents need.2 However, little is known about the impact of health financing choices on adolescents, a group rarely mentioned in the ongoing discussions about universal health coverage. How health care is financed is an important element of achieving universal coverage. WHO’s health financing cube shows how to approach universal coverage which includes extension of coverage to more people, offering more services and reducing direct payments at the time of health service use.



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