is health care a human right or a privilege?

In the same way that clean water, fire protection and basic education are considered a basic human right, many countries have already declared their response and offer a form of universal health coverage to fulfil it to their citizens. There can be no equity in a system that, by its very nature, profits from human suffering and the denial of a fundamental right. Arguably, healthcare could be interchanged with the right to life, because to deny a person access to the healthcare system is to condemn them to death. I think that also means that more Americans are listening carefully to those who have already declared that healthcare is a right.

This whole story is not about insurance, it is about the basic human right to healthcare. Achieving global health equity requires innovative and interdisciplinary work, requiring a thorough understanding of international human rights law and governance. In the event that state governments refuse to create health care exchanges, the federal government has the right to create a health care exchange. Another fundamental difficulty in considering health care as a right is that this right, unlike many others, is dependent on a society's resources12 and the ability to meet the demands of the population without disparity in the distribution and allocation of health care.

The nature of the specific obligations of companies is somewhat unclear, and states are ultimately responsible for human rights violations, but there is a growing effort to define human rights standards applicable to companies. That is why WHO promotes the idea of people-centred care; it is the embodiment of human rights in the practice of care. She is a board member of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a leader of the Vermont Rights and Democracy Health Justice Team, a member of the International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee of the United States Human Rights Network (USHRN), and co-chair of the USHRN Universal Periodic Review Working Group. So perhaps refreshingly, the US was just being honest with the UN about its failure to guarantee and protect the human right to health care.

We recall that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius (speech on Martin Luther King Jr.

Erika Ossenfort
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