is healthcare a human right?

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Whether it’s through the news or on the front lines of a protest, the phrase: “Healthcare is a human right” is something we hear a lot. But what does that mean? Why does it matter? And most importantly, what should and can we do about it? During the pandemic, healthcare has become even more of a priority. And as we have seen the healthcare system challenged and kind of broken, we are more aware than ever of the significance (and need) of reforming this system. If you’ve been keeping up with the latest coronavirus updates, then you might know that we still have a long way to go until we get “back to normal”. Even if we do get back to normal, our lives and the way we approach our health and healthcare have been permanently altered. Yet, many still doubt the need for healthcare reform and continue to challenge universal healthcare. It’s more important than ever to understand what integral role healthcare plays in every single person’s life. In this post, I plan to explore some of the aforementioned questions and hopefully discover how and if healthcare is a human right. If this is a topic that interests you, or you just want to learn more about health care or universal healthcare, then I recommend reading a couple of posts I wrote about healthcarewhich I will also reference throughout this one. As always, I’ll include all my resources and further reading at the end of this post (you know the drill)

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how does universal health care work? ​

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This is not a post about why universal health care should be a thing or my own personal opinion. This is a post about what universal healthcare would look like and how it would function in the United States. I have written a post about how universal healthcare affects jobs, but this is going to be more of an overview of the concept in its entirety. Although I have very strong beliefs regarding this subject, this post will remain as bias-free as it and I can be. I think it is important, whether or not you support it, to understand what universal health care means and how it would work. I also think that in forming your opinion of it, understanding what it is is integral. However, I am not claiming to be an expert and I know that there might be information missing. I have provided my sources and further reading at the end of the post, which I recommend looking through after reading to get a fuller view into universal healthcare.

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