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Rene Salas

[LISTEN] Climate change will make universal health coverage precarious

By Insights

Universal Healthcare Coverage and the National Health Insurance (NHI) are major talking points both in South Africa and abroad.

The BMJ in partnership with The Harvard Global Health Institute has launched a collection of articles exploring how to achieve effective universal health coverage (UHC). The collection highlights the importance of quality in UHC, potential finance models, how best to incentivise stakeholders, and some of the barriers to true UHC.

One of those barriers, and it’s a big one, is climate change – patterns of disease will change, both communicable and non-communicable, cataclysmic weather will disrupt systems, and the economic impact is going to challenge our ability to pay for healthcare.

But even against that backdrop, Ashish Jha, and Rene Salas – aren’t totally pessimistic. They join us to talk about the intersection between climate and health, and where effective change can be made.