2017 Volume 66 Issue 4 Pages 380-386
The United Nations started to mobilize efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Among the 17 SDGs, SDG 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all and at all ages. Under this goal, there are nine targets, the most significant being target 3.8: to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). UHC is the "linchpin" of the other health-related SDGs, since it is the foundation to achieve the others. UHC is not only about financial protection, but it is also critical to ensuring the quality of healthcare services, which requires the effective coordination of various service providers from the perspectives of their service users, being identical to the integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) suggested by WHO . Those global issues are relevant to the concerns in Japan, such as "community-based integrated care."