Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first are key principles framing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 3, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, illustrates the commitment of United Nations member states to realizing this principle in the health sector. Target 3.8, which aims to achieve universal health coverage, signals a departure from the preference for targeted interventions that characterized many health systems and drove reforms for more than three decades, and whose ad-hoc and reactive nature has proved insufficient, inefficient and unsustainable for dealing with complex health problems in the 21st
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