Saturday, 18 December 2021 16:38

Healthcare is a fundamental human right

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Every person should have access to the healthcare they need, when they need it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In some parts of the world, people do not have access to basic health services. In others, people cannot afford to pay for healthcare. And in still others, people are denied access to healthcare because of their gender, race or ethnicity.

This must change. Healthcare should be accessible to everyone, regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

The United Nations has recognized healthcare as a human right and has called on all countries to ensure that their citizens have access to quality health services. The UN has also called on countries to invest in theirown healthcare systems. Healthcare investment creates jobs and increases government revenue, which can be used to provide more people with access to quality services.

Achieving universal health coverage is a priority for the UN and governments around the globe. We all benefit when everyone has access to the care they need–including women and children who suffer disproportionately from lack of medical treatment or preventive care; older persons; persons with disabilities; those living in refugee camps or other temporary circumstances; and those marginalized by poverty, gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, language or sexual orientation. Universal health coverage also makes economic sense as every country will save lives and money by preventing illness through immunization programs that keep children healthy; safe childbirth practices that protect their mothers' lives;and—in the long-term— by strengthening overall wellbeing for families and communities.

Healthcare is a human right, yet too  many people still do not have access to the care they need. We must work together to make healthcare available for all. Healthcare investment makes economic sense and it saves lives. Healthcare should be seen as an essential part of any development agenda.

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Article body: Every year millions of people die from easily preventable or treatable health problems, including thousands right here in the US. Many more suffer lifelong consequences through injury or disability caused by poor health care services or lack ofproper medical attention. Healthcare is a fundamental human right. This means that everyone should have access to preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services at an affordable price when they need it. Sadly, this is not the case for millions worldwide. Here in America we often take our healthcare system for granted because we don't see people dying from easily managed illness or injury every day here as they do in other countries around the world. Healthcare needs to be treated as a basic human right rather than just another commodity subject to the laws of supply and demand.