In 2015, member states of the United Nations adopted the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which included 17 global goals that targeted economic and social development.1 Goal 3, “to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” targets specifically marked progress in universal health coverage; improved access to safe, effective, and affordable medicines; and the end of the HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis epidemics by 2030. Although these goals can spur innovation, social and political commitment, and a drive to achieve greater health gains for less money, financial support is necessary to achieve them. Financial resources enable building of new clinics, training of medical personnel, and development and procurement of new drugs. Money is needed to staff clinics and hospitals, as well as for organizing and administering public health programs and the broader health system. Without sufficient resources for health, the health system is forced to become selective about which patients receive care or which diseases get treated.
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Dieleman JL, Micah AE, Murray CJL. Global Health Spending and Development Assistance for Health. JAMA. Published online April 25, 2019321(21):2073–2074. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3687
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