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Access to health care as a universal human right

Many people believe that access (geographic, financial, psychological, and social) to at least a basic level of primary and secondary health care is a universal human right. Do you think that access to long-term care as part of the health care continuum should also be included as a universal human right? Argue both sides of the issue and support your opinion with sound ethical principles and/or theories.

You are to argue both sides of the issue, explicitly basing your arguments on ethical theories and/or principles.

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To understand the extent of this issue, it is necessary to analyze it from a social, economical and human's right perspective. The statement begins discussing what is included or considered to be included as part of a universal human right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed on 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations defined common standards to be universally and effectively observed as rights of the individual (United Nations, 1998). Article 25th of such declaration states that

"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control (United Nations, 1998, article 25th, para. 1)

Therefore, according to this declaration, there is a moral obligation to provide the necessary environment that promotes adequate health and well-being of the people at all stages of their lives. The dilemma ...

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The solution involves a discussion of what constitute health care as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Arguments based on a social, economical and human's right perspective are used to discuss the right to access primary and secondary health care as well as access to long-term care. 624 words with 6 references.