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Achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals in Asia by Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific

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The existence of a sense of shared responsibility for the provision of basic public services, especially for the poor, in these societies is also an important factor. It is also true, however, that some level of economic development, as well as bureaucratic and administrative capabilities, are needed for the establishment and management of complex universal health-care programmes. Comprehensive universal healthcare coverage is still a distant promise for most countries in Asia and the Pacific Strong political commitment on the part of Governments and some sense of shared responsibility for the provision of basic public services are key requirements for the establishment of universal healthcare programmes The establishment of the National Health Insurance programme in the Republic of Korea or the Universal Health Care Scheme in Thailand have been heralded as some of the most successful anywhere in the developing world.

Analysing and understanding the obstacles is pivotal to informing the policies and interventions proposed in Chapter 4. 1. gov/cia/publications/factbook>. a GDP per capita data for 2003 (or latest available). 2. gov/cia/publications/factbook. a 20 GDP per capita data for 2003 (or latest available). CHAPTER 3 Obstacles to Achieving the Health-Related MDGs related MDGs. Other determinants outside the health sector can also impede the ability of individuals to access health services and improve their health status.

The health-care package includes inpatient and outpatient treatment at all levels (including tertiary care), as well as dental services, health promotion and prevention, ambulance fees and drugs. The programme has been provided to all Thai people over the last few years; in particular, it reaches the most vulnerable in the population. The scheme has improved access to health care and helped provide protection against catastrophic losses due to illness. There are questions regarding the financial sustainability of the system in the long run despite these achievements.

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