Defining Basic Health Care As a Right: An Analysis of Health Care Access and Rights Philosophy in Germany and the United States Public Deposited

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  • At the conclusion of the novel The Healing of America, T.R. Reid challenges the American people to decide whether health care is a human right prior to any appropriate service reform occurring. From Reid’s perspective, the design of any nation’s health service system is primarily dictated by the morals of society. In a response to Reid’s challenge, this analysis looks at the historical development of the human rights construct and how rights language is associated with health and health care access. Specifically, this investigation looks at the nature of negative versus positive rights, and the distinction between human rights and political-­legal rights. In an effort to look beyond the health service system of the US, this analysis also investigates how the German Health Service is shaped. In comparing the two nations, the goal of this study was to see whether rights language, particularly the language of human rights, factors into how both nations systems are structured. Using secondary research of academic and philosophical literature, this study brought together a wide array of data to investigate the abstract concepts of rights language and health. Based on the research conducted, there are great difficulties in establishing grounds for health care access as a human right. As it pertains to rights language, it is more efficient to stipulate health care access as a political-­legal right based on the societal value of compassionate beneficence. This creates a decent minimum of services individuals have a right to access due to the charity of society. Looking at Germany and US, the German Health Service is a national health service based on health care access being a political-­legal right, were the system seeks to provide a decent minimum of service to promote health to a larger degree the “patchwork” system of the US.
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