This policy paper :
- examines the dimensions of the global health crisis based on severe deficits in health protection and limited access to needed health care;
- presents the extent of the health crisis at global, regional and national level as well as rural/urban divergences within countries and their root causes;
- suggests policy options to address the health protection crisis using the framework of national social protection floors by focusing on inclusive legislation and adequate financing as well as making quality services available and providing financial protection;
- concludes that progressing towards universal health protection is possible by developing a three step approach that yields highest rates of returns in terms of sustainability, economic growth and equity.
The Annexes present global data on total health expenditure, health coverage and skilled health workers for 171 countries.