What are other nations doing about health care?

July 23, 2013

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health released a study last week examining the constitutional right to health care in countries around the globe. Although all members of the United Nations acknowledge the universal right to health, the study shows that not all counties include health care as a constitutional right.

The study found that 73 U.N. member countries (38 percent) guaranteed the right to medical care services, while 27 (14 percent) aspired to protect this right in 2011.

But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Countries with older constitutions often don’t include the right to health care, but such countries often have excellent national health care systems. In contrast, there are counties that have constitutional protections for health care, but have trouble implementing their health care systems on the ground.

There is a clear global trend towards adopting national health care systems. Only 1 of 33 constitutions adopted between 2000 and 2011 did not protect at least one health right. America is following the global trend as the Affordable Care Act moves the country closer to the goal of health care coverage for every United States citizen.

Read more about the study here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/a-constitutional-right-to-health-247449.aspx

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