Myths and reality of UHC

PMAC2023 side event

Title: Myths and reality of UHC

Universal Health Coverage (‎UHC)‎ is recognized as a foundation in making progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 for health and well-being and other health-related goals. In 2019, the United Nations High-Level meeting on Universal Health Coverage adopted the political declaration, with contributions from World Health Assembly resolution. The high-level meeting set a significant milestone for UHC at global level.

Halfway through the 2030 SDG journey, UHC progress is not on track, and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be taking the world further away from the SDG targets. Myths about UHC also hinder the progress, as a result, gaps persist between policy, implementation, and outcomes.

Against the backdrop of negative consequences on humanity, efforts should be redoubled through the highest level of political commitment at the UNGA in 2023. It is high time to speed up the progress toward achieving UHC through PMAC2023 platform by providing correct and in-sight information on UHC implementation.

Date and Time: 25 Jan 2023, 1400-1530 hrs.

Venue: Lotus Suite 11, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld



  • Professor Keizo Takemi, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Universal Health Coverage

Busting the Myths about UHC

  • Myth 1: Only rich country can aim for UHC – Dr.Jadej NHSO, Thailand
  • Myth 2: UHC is about protecting only poor population – Dr. Tim Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the SPGH, Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation), McGill University
  • Myth 3: UHC is about providing curative service – Dr. Shyama Kuruvilla, Senior Strategic Advisor UHC and Life Course, World Health Organization
  • Myth 4: UHC is about saving the last dollar – Dr. Toomas Palu, WB


Dr. Warisa Panichkriangkrai, Deputy Director, IHPP

Reality: UHC journey to EB152, WHA76, UNGA High-Level Meeting on UHC in 2023

Key message from co-facilitators

  • H.E. Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations



Global Health Division, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

National Health Security Office (NHSO)

International Health Policy Program (IHPP)

Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP)

WHO-RTG Country Cooperation Strategy – Enhancing Leadership in Global Health – Thailand (CCS-EnLIGHT)


NOTE: NON-PMAC PARTICIPANTS are required to register for PMAC side meeting by 15 January 2023