#HealthForAll: WHO emphasises on universal health care

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General addressing to the executive board emphasised on the need of having universal health care. The doctors and experts from health care industry in Pune have welcomed the WHO Director General’s initiative



  • Lack of trust in a doctor-patient relationship can lead to bad outcomes. To help address the issue of the lack of trust between doctors and patients there is a need for a better healthcare system for all. Pune Citizen Doctor Forum (PCDF), a non-profit registered society had organised a seminar on developing a system for Universal Healthcare on Saturday.
  • Irrespective of the economic background of the person, Universal Healthcare (UHC) would ensure that everybody gets access to quality healthcare. Members of PCDF stressed that the UHC should provide cashless quality healthcare for every person requiring it.
  • PCDF is working towards bridging the current trust deficit between patients and doctors who are trying to do ethical, rational practice.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of the WHO said, “This year we also plan to issue a challenge to all countries to take at least three concrete steps towards universal health coverage. I will be sending letter to every head of state, asking them to join the global challenge on #HealthForAll.”

Speaking about the need for universal healthcare, Dr Arun Gadre from Pune Citizen Doctor Forum (PCDF) said, “Due to medical related expenditure, every year close to six crore people in India are being pushed below poverty line. Many times, patients feel cheated due to unnecessary tests, surgeries or high cost medicine which has resulted in growing trust deficit between doctors and patients.”

He added, “Also, presently the government seems more interested in bringing in corporatisation in the health sector for more jobs and more profit which would further affect patients and doctors alike. The only way to address this issue is to have a system for universal healthcare.”

Dr Prakash Marathe, President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune, said, “Health for all is the mission for our country. In the country like India, it might not be that easy, as we have huge population but our larger goal should be to have universal health coverage. It is a good step taken by WHO.”