Human Right to Health

Health Care as a Human Right: legal background

First elucidated by the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization, states would declare that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being,” defining governmental obligations for specific health and social measures to realize for each individual “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”   source: World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution, Preamble (Geneva: WHO).



Health Care as Natural Right

Health care is also an unwritten natural right. Here is a very good article explaining why health care is a human right from the perspective of natural law. Scroll down to Background and start from there.

Should Healthcare Be Funded As A Basic Human Right?

    This article looks at funding healthcare as a basic human right. It examines what is a basic human right. It looks at the need for re-examinaton of the health care system in the United States. Is health care a right or a privilege? By looking at the number of uninsured and who they are, we ask if everyone has the same access to health care. We examine traditional methods of funding and use the Medicare model as a framework.



Thoughts on human rights from Glendora

To my Co-freedom fighters,

I am a Black American citizen of Native and African descent, and am therefore entitled to my certain inalienable rights! I make no apologies about it! There is one thing we all need to realize while fighting for justice for all on the health care front. We must fight to increase awareness about health care access and affordability and the ramifications thereof. To do this effectively and efficiently requires us to garner the courage to speak truth to power and let the chips fall where they may. To do anything less is simply a wasted effort of vital energy. We all know that the reason why we do not have universal single payer health care is because we accept the social standards designed, not to fulfill those in need, but to fill the bellies of those who greed; those who are in the position to dictate how the current struggling 99% fail to self-sustain in our current dwindled-down economy. 

I want to share with you all today that if we do not speak the truth, which is to say that "HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT," then we must lay our efforts aside and retreat. If we do not stand for what is right and orderly based on our moral and spiritual principles, then we shall stand for nothing!  Health care is as much a human right as it is for Blacks/African and Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, LGBTQ and other minorities to have a fair shot at equal employment opportunities.

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Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (Right to Health)

The right to health, a human right enshrined in international Human Rights Law

The World Medical Association

The right to health was first articulated in the WHO Constitution (1946) which states that : "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being...". The preamble of the Constitution defines health as : ‘.. a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity ».

The 1948 Universal declaration of Human Rights mentioned health as part of the right to an adequate standard of living (article 25). It was again recognised as a human right in 1966 in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 12: