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Table 1 Criteria for selecting the countries for comparing the institution of national unique health identifier numbers

From: Unique health identifiers for universal health coverage

  Slovenia South Korea Thailand England
Achieved universal health coverage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Income classification when UHC was achieved High High Lower-middle* High
Has in place a functioning civil registration system Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assigns a national unique identification number (UIN) Yes Yes Yes No
Assigns a national unique health identifier (UHI) Yes; UIN and UHI are highly linked No; UIN is used as UHI No; UIN is used as UHI Yes
  1. *Thailand achieved UHC in 2001 when it was still classified as a lower-middle-income country. Thailand became an upper-middle-income country in 2011