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Poor quality services are harming global drive to improve healthcare, experts warn

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 06 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3008


Universal quality healthcare coverage—a commitment to building a healthier and more productive society

  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London, UK

Countries of all income levels are failing to improve the healthcare of their populations by allowing low quality health services to continue, according to three global organisations with an interest in health.

A joint report1 from the World Health Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank Group was published on 5 July. It examined how countries were doing at delivering quality health services.

The authors warned that poor quality health services were preventing progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. It identified several fundamental problems including:

  • · inaccurate diagnosis

  • · drug …

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