Universal Health Coverage
: a useful endeavor? : an analysis on the progress of coverage in the CPLP countries

  • Rita Bobone de Lucena (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Long has healthcare been at the center of socio-economical and political priorities. Providing accessible care to all is undeniably one of the most basic needs all populations must have access to. In the light of this, the World Health Organization developed the concept of Universal Health Coverage promoting access to health interventions at affordable costs. Although the concept is still recent, major efforts are being made in this area, with countries sharing their experiences and investing deeply on innovative ways to improve their healthcare. The purpose of this dissertation is to provide an overview on the evolution of Universal Health Coverage in a group of countries, to understand what efforts are still to be done, and what major setbacks are countries facing. The CPLP was chosen for its heterogeneous composition, enabling an interesting data comparison and illustrating well the global diversity in health provision. Therefore, a major focus is given on what is universal coverage, how to measure and monitor it, as well as what are the main obstacles on its way. To support these literary findings, data on the countries was collected and analyzed with different indicators picturing the current expenses in healthcare and evolution of population growth and availability of resources. Finally, to understand the correlation between indicators, a statistical measure was made proving repeatedly how countries are improving in their pursuit of universal coverage but how there is still room for improvement.
Date of Award28 Apr 2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSusana Frazão Ferreira Fernandes Pinheiro (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Gestão

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