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Financing for Universal Health Coverage in the context of cancer control

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  • This course was originally designed as a Master course. It was delivered from April to July 2021.
  • It is now open to all UICC members registered on the eLearning platform.
  • You may complete all items in this course or complete only the items that are of interest to you. If you complete all course items you will receive a certificate of completion.
  • This course has been accredited by the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE) and its completion gives 7 European CME Credits.
  • This course is self-paced. The required time to complete this course is approximately 8 hours.
  • To access the course you must sign in to the eLearning platform. If you are not registered and work for a UICC member organisation, you can sign up here.
Course overview
Health financing, one of the seven building blocks of a well-functioning health system, can be a key policy instrument to improve health and reduce health inequalities if aimed at removing financial barriers to accessing health care and preventing financial hardship. 

By discussing the financing component of the health system and its core functions, this course will highlight how health financing can be used as a policy-making tool to pursue universal coverage in cancer care. Drawing lessons from case studies to reflect the context of low- and middle-income countries globally, the course will focus on the practical policy and strategic decision-making options available to countries as they follow their individual paths to universal health coverage in the context of cancer control.
Learning objectives

  • Provide participants with the theoretical underpinnings of health financing and its core functions to support a better understanding of how cancer care is financed
  • Provide an understanding of the role health financing can play in progressing towards universal health coverage in cancer care in view of formulating policy options to improve coverage as part of UHC
  • Help participants to analyse and reflect on their own health systems, assess the problems it faces, and explore alternative policy options
Target Audience
The course is designed for civil society organisations, including representatives of cancer societies, patient groups, as well as other relevant actors in government