Towards Universal Health Coverage: Social Health Protection Principles

Social health protection provides a rights-based approach to reaching the objective of universal health coverage that ensures financial protection and effective access to health care services.

This brief presents the international social health protection principles.

Social health protection is firmly grounded in the international rights framework: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention (No. 102), and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202).

International standards provide guiding principles to ensure universal protection in a way that reflects risk-sharing, equity and solidarity – between income groups, men and women, generations - in a fiscally, economically and socially sustainable fashion.