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[Comment] A milestone for palliative care and pain relief

Universal health coverage (UHC) has assumed an iconic place in work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its central importance for achieving SDG 3—ensuring healthy lives for all—is proven by the increasingly sophisticated efforts to measure UHC and to estimate to what extent UHC can be achieved by 2030. An example is the Global Burden of Disease (GBD).1 The GBD team constructed a UHC Index by beginning with the idea of access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines.