A Right to Health Care (with 2008 appendix)
McCarrick, Pat Milmoe
Although not legally established, the idea that every American has a right to some level of health care has gained wide acceptance (III, Veatch and Branson 1976; IV, Buchanan 1983; III, Bole and Bondeson 1991). Support for this right has developed primarily in the 50 years since the end of World War II. No mention of health care can be found in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; indeed, there was little anyone could do to improve health care or health outcomes in colonial times (IV, Capron 1989). During the 19th and early 20th centuries a government role in improving public health developed when certain services, such as clean water (V, Roemer 1988), or certain demands upon its citizens, such as quarantine for disease (VI, Fox 1989), were instituted in order to achieve better and safer conditions for the health of the general populace.