Dr. Sanguan Nittayaramphong has dedicated a lifetime to research design and promoted a participatory policy of the various sectors in the National Health Insurance Act in 2002. Consequently, all Thai people have equal access to public health services. The system is constantly developing, and it has proven to help Thai people to access services when needed. Households are not faced with catastrophic health expenditure when suffering from an illness.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. UHC enables everyone to access the services that address the most significant causes of disease and death and ensures that the quality of those services is good enough to improve the health of the people who receive them. Protecting people from the financial consequences of paying for health services out of their own pockets reduces the risk that people will be pushed into poverty because unexpected illnesses require them to use up their life savings, sell assets, or borrow – destroying their futures and often those of their children. Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will also make progress towards the other health-related targets and other goals. Good health allows children to learn and adults to earn, helps people escape from poverty, and provides the basis for long-term economic development. General Assembly Resolution 70/1 of September 2015, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, stressing the importance of health across all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, as well as the need for a holistic approach, with a view to leaving no one behind, reaching the furthest behind first; In this regard, National Health Security Office (NHSO) together Heart to Heart Foundation propose organizing a site meeting to share experience of Universal Health Coverage “No one left behind in practices: Accelerating Progress of UHC”.