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[Comment] Health care must mean safe care: enshrining patient safety in global health

The drive to universal health coverage (UHC) has gathered momentum and features across the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with major UHC gains in countries such as Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Thailand, and Turkey.1 But efforts to advance UHC are mainly focused on improving access to health services and the financing structures behind them. Quality and patient safety are largely neglected, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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