Most of us have lost count of the number of times we have visited a doctor or health facility. It is something we take for granted: nothing exceptional, simply
routine. Yet in our 21st-century world, 1 billion people have never seen a doctor or received quality health services. Furthermore, given that health has not
been guaranteed as a global public good, hundreds of millions of people have had to sell assets and take out loans to pay for the health care they need to stay alive and healthy, resulting in 100 million people falling below their countries’ national poverty lines each year. No matter how many times governments have
acknowledged the right to the highest standard of health, good quality health services remain a luxury available only to those who can aff ord them.