Leaving no one behind: access to rehabilitation services is an integral part of universal health coverage

Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the full range of health services they need – including rehabilitation – without experiencing financial hardship.

Anyone with an acute or chronic health condition, impairment or injury that limits their ability to move, hear, see, communicate or participate in society needs rehabilitation. This is an essential health service and a health strategy for all, since everyone will experience health problems at some point in their life.

It is vital that rehabilitation services are recognized as an integral part of universal health coverage if we are to build an equitable society.