Primary Healthcare System Reforms in Pakistan to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Primary Healthcare System Reforms in Pakistan to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Authors

  • Saira Afzal Chief Editor, Annals of KEMU/ Chairperson, Department of Community Medicine, KEMU
  • Khunsa Junaid Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21649/akemu.v23i4.5602

Keywords:

Healthcare, Health Coverage, equitable care

Abstract

Primary health care (PHC) is crucial for a country's health system, serving as the first point of contact for patients and providing clinical management at a local level. Primary health care (PHC) aims to achieve physical, psychological, and social well-being, facilitating fair interaction with the patient.1 It is the cornerstone of global health systems and requires efficient resource allocation, sustainable financing, and a strong primary healthcare system. Primary health care (PHC) principles include universal access, equitable care provision, prevention, health promotion, and community participation. Balancing social and medical aspects is essential in PHC service provision to meet the needs of its users.2 Primary health care doctors in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand provide first-contact care, saving time and money by preventing patients from going to the hospital. This model is increasingly being adopted in countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.3 Qatar has a government-led Primary Care Health Cooperation, Saudi Arabia invests in primary care, and United Arab Emirates recognizes the importance of preventive medicine for a healthy life. Strengthening primary health care and achieving universal health coverage are crucial global health policy initiatives, aiming to provide accessible, affordable, and high-quality health services to all individuals.4

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01/02/2024 — Updated on 12/31/2023

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Afzal, S. ., & Junaid, K. . (2023). Primary Healthcare System Reforms in Pakistan to Achieve Universal Health Coverage. Annals of King Edward Medical University, 29(4), 302–303. https://doi.org/10.21649/akemu.v23i4.5602 (Original work published January 2, 2024)

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