Health care is fundamental to living a full life, and receiving adequate healthcare should be seen as a human right. Unfortunately, however, many countries have failed to recognize this right; fortunately there is currently an effort underway in the US to expand affordable and accessible health care options for its citizens.

Some individuals do not consider health care to be a right, as they do not wish for society to bear the cost of health care for all its members. Others believe the advantages outweigh any costs, since accessing quality health care ensures a healthier, happier, and more productive society overall.

To fully realize a person’s right to health, countries must address all aspects of wellbeing for its population, from the causes of poor health such as poverty and malnutrition to access to adequate housing, work and education opportunities. The United Nations recognizes this holistic approach to healthcare by adopting treaties which include it.

Lawfully binding governments that ratified them, these rights can be enforced through legal enforcement. Health is a universal human right that must be fulfilled by all nations ratifying it. For example, the right to health should be granted regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion, national origin or social origin – or property ownership status or birth or status status. It must be upheld.

Being healthy is vital in order to lead a full and meaningful life, which is why many nations have established systems of healthcare provision for all their citizens. Though the United States doesn’t offer universal coverage through health care systems or subsidies for citizens to access care, some citizens do benefit from its coverage such as those incarcerated, in mental health facilities and the military.

In 2014, Democratic legislators and President Obama introduced legislation to create universal health care in America. Although their effort ultimately failed, the Affordable Care Act brought us one step closer towards realizing a fundamental right to health care; however, the current administration is fast undoing any progress made during its term in office.

Many states have passed laws to guarantee residents have access to healthcare, from coverage guarantees to financial assistance programs. These “right-to-health” laws aim to safeguard citizens by guaranteeing they can gain access to health services.

Health care is an increasingly contentious debate. Yet evidence continues to demonstrate its benefits; accessing affordable yet quality health care could save lives, increase productivity and lower medical costs.

Health care should not only be considered a right, but rather we must consider how much of the burden we are willing to shoulder as a society when providing it. For more information about issues and potential solutions related to this matter, contact an experienced health care attorney.