Improving health care for the poor
Synonyms: Increasing coverage and use of health services by the poor
Description: The conduct of environmental health research includes behaviour research and ways to increase coverage and ensure greater utilization of services by peripheral, underserved and vulnerable populations, as appropriate to good prevention services and health care.
Context: This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.
Implementation: Provision of cost-effective health services to the poor is an effective and socially acceptable approach to poverty reduction. Public financing of essential clinical care to relieve poverty can take several forms: subsidies to private providers and NGOs that serve the poor; vouchers that the poor can take to a provider of their choice; and free or below-cost delivery of public services to the poor.
Type Classification: E: Emanations of other strategies