Access to Health Care: Solidarity and Justice or Egoism and Injustice?
Medicine and Law: The World Association for Medical Law 2008 September; 27(3): 563-568
The aim of this paper is to answer the question whether there is a real demand for equal access to health care or--better--to medical care and which interest groups (patients, health care professionals, policy makers and others) are interested in equal access. The focus is on EU countries including recent case law from the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. We discuss whether there is a need to have legislative safeguards to protect equal access to medical care and whether such norms really work. The paper concludes that some of the key players in medical care are not primarily governed by a real willingness to have equal and just access to medical care, but by rather egoistic approaches. It seems that policy makers and politicians are the only ones who, surprisingly, must at least formally call for and enforce equal access to medical care. Interests of other groups seem to be different.
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Jost, Timothy Stoltzfus (2008-09)Health policy in the United States is not presently based on the solidarity principle. Public insurance reaches only the elderly, disabled, and poor. Most non-elderly Americans are privately insured, and about 17.5 percent ...