Universal Health Coverage and Health Laws
The Lancet 383:25, January 2014
2 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2016 Last revised: 22 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 21, 2016
Rifat Atun and colleagues (July 6, p 65)1 described the development of uni versal health coverage in Turkey. Yet a transcendent point in Turkey’s achievement is easily overlooked: all the foundational reforms of the health system that made universal health coverage possible were changes prescribed by law. Simply put, law reform preceded health reform, which would have been impossible without it.
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