The importance of policies, laws, and regulations as instruments to support progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle-income countries cannot be understated. However, there has been insufficient focus in the literature on the role of these instruments, leading to a lack of evidence as to what constitutes a supportive legal environment that can consistently provide a strong basis for UHC reform processes. This review explores how policies implemented in different country contexts have had an impact on their achievement of UHC goals. The review highlights the importance of effective policy design and implementation with a clear orientation toward better governance, and in particular increased responsiveness and accountability.
Prabhakaran, S., A. Dutta, A. Saxena, K. Stromberg, D. Clarke, and S. Sharma. 2017. Do Better Laws and Regulations Promote Universal Health Coverage? A Review of the Evidence. Washington, DC: Marshalling the Evidence for Health Governance TWG.
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