Friday, May 6, 2011

[EQ] Realizing the International Human Right to Health: The Challenge of For-Profit Health Care

Realizing the International Human Right to Health:
The Challenge of For-Profit Health Care

Eleanor D. Kinney, Hall Render Professor of Law and Co-Director, Williams S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health
Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis
West Virginia Law Review [Vol. 113] 49 (2010).

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“…….Current human rights theory focuses predominantly on the government as a provider or guarantor of health care services or the financing of the same.

In human rights work, there has been less focus on the role of private, for-profit entities in the provision and insurance of health care goods and services. Clearly, the provision and insurance of health care in the world today can only be accomplished through the cooperative work of both public and private actors.

The key for success is figuring out a set of rules, based on a human rights approach, which will create an environment in which both public and private actors can succeed in bringing accessible and high quality health care goods and services to all people in the world….”


I. Introduction

II. Background

A. The Rights-Based Approach and its Evolution

B. International Economic and Free Trade System

III. For-profit health care and the international human right to health

IV. Conclusion


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