Is Health Care an Inalienable Right?
What is an inalienable right? According to Dictionary.com, it is a right that cannot be taken away, denied or transferred. As documented in The Declaration of Independence, these rights include: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In addition to these rights there are those in the Bill of Rights, which we are familiar with. So, knowing these rights and knowing that they operate on the same general principle of being given at the point of birth, does health care have a place among them? Although wording can be interpreted so it is included under a person’s right to life, health care is not an inalienable right.
It could be said that health care is not an inalienable right because it is not mentioned in the Constitution. The Preamble does mention that one of the United States’ purposes is to promote the general welfare. It does not say to provide it. The legal section of The Free Dictionary states that the General Welfare Clause allows Congress to spend money for the general welfare but not the power to pass laws for the general welfare. The government does not have to establish goods and services for the people.
Health care is not a right because it is a service. It is a material good that must be paid for. Material goods include medical equipment and doctors and nurses. Emergency services and routine check-ups are not free. Someone had to buy those hospital beds, antibiotics, wheelchairs, etc. and now they are passing on those costs to the patient. If health care was a right, and not a service, there would not be as many doctors and nurses because there is no trade off with medical school and the profession. In his article, “Do You Have an Inalienable Right to Your Neighbor’s Labor” Joseph Rosenberger states that if a hospital provided emergency services without costs, then the hospital would have to raise the costs of other services or operate at a loss until the hospital can no longer handle the financial...
...Running Head: HEALTHCARE, RIGHT OR PRIVILEGE
HealthCare, Right or Privilege
American Intercontinental University Online
August 21, 2010
In this assignment I was instructed to choose one of eight presented questions and discuss the topic. I chose the question, Is healthcare a right or privilege in the United States? I will utilize all resources at my disposal to support my position with evidence while linking medical ethics to my answer when appropriate. I will cite the sources that I use in addressing the question I selected in the paper and in the references.
HealthCare, Right or Privilege
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (Jefferson, 1776) This quote from the Declaration of Independence was agreed upon by the founding fathers during the Revolutionary War. But, when it comes to healthcare are all men created equal? And, is life worth living without your health? The answer is a resounding no to both questions.
Because of this modern day fact, healthcare has become a privilege in the United States....
...Running head: HEALTHCARE ISSUES: RIGHT OR PRIVILEGE
HealthCare Issue: Right of Privilege
“America is the technological superpower, the wealthiest nation in the world, and spends significantly more of its gross national product, and spends more per person, than any other nation in the world on healthcare. So where, then, does America stand on health?” (Lerner & Loman, 2005, p. 1). The purpose of this essay is to discuss and explore whether U.S. healthcare should be a right or a privilege. Many Americans feel that although the United States leads most of the world in medical advances and technology, the healthcare system is broken. A great number of people go without the care they desperately need, due to a lack of adequate insurance.
Lack of health insurance coverage for 46 million Americans is one of the nation's most pressing problems. While most elderly Americans have coverage through Medicare and over 60% of non-elderly Americans receive health coverage through employer-sponsored plans, many workers and their families remain uninsured because their employer does not offer coverage or they cannot afford the cost of coverage. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities...
...HealthCare" Right or Privilege"
There has been an active debate about healthcare reform among many Americans in the United States. Some the recent concerns and questions involving a right to healthcare are access, fairness, efficiency, cost, choice, value, and quality.
HealthCare" Right or Privilege"
Healthcare in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. Healthcare facilities are largely owned and operated by the private sector. Health insurance is now primarily provided by the government in the public sector, with 60-65% of healthcare provision and spending coming from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Veterans Health Administration ("Healthcare in the United States.," 2011).
In the United States, ownership of the healthcare system is mainly in private hands, though federal, state, county, and city governments also own certain facilities. The non-profit hospitals share of total hospital capacity has remained relatively stable (about 70%) for decades. There are also privately owned for-profit hospitals as well as government hospitals in...
...Is healthcare a basic right?
Can it be limited if the cost of providing unlimited treatment is prohibitive?
If so, should it be regarded as a commodity and limited by market mechanisms, or should it be rationed by government regulation? If not, how can the nation pay for it?
HealthCare, like all other services comes at a financial cost. While we should strive to make healthcare available and affordable to all, the bottom line is that it is a service that can only be provided if the voting populous agrees on its need. Basic human rights do not cost money. We have the right to life and liberty which is great and we do not have to pay for it. We have the right to basic medical care as well. But we can only have that if other people pay for it. And that is the problem with healthcare as a basic human right. The only way it can happen is if the rights of others are curtailed. Some people will be forced to pay for it and others like doctors and nurses will be forced to provide it. All people of the world should be able to receive adequate healthcare when they need it. How this would work is another question all together. When we are talking about governments providing plans and systems for this to work it starts getting very...
...HealthCareHealthCare: Right or Privilege?
By Katelyn Tohosky
August 11, 2013
There has been an ongoing debate for quite some time now about whether healthcare is a privilege that one earns or is a right. Throughout the news on television and throughout the newspapers and internet has been a lot of talk about the different types of insurances that we use to pay for medical care. Those insurances include the new Obama Care, Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the deemed needy as well as regular insurances that either employers or employees pay for out of pocket. Listening to the news as well as reading in the papers and on the internet all I hear and see is all the same things. What I haven’t seen or heard was anything about our values and ethics as people.
Would anyone think that it is okay to let someone die due to lack of health insurance or the wrong insurance? Everyone is different with their morals and values but I do not think that anyone would agree to letting someone die because they do not have insurance. I for one do not think that it is right at all and no matter what I think that if someone is ill then they should be treated right away. There was a Harvard Health study done...
Is HealthCare a Basic Human Right?
Intro to American HealthCare
Without HealthCare, living a life to reach your highest potential is impossible as someone who is sick lives in a state of mind that is not their healthiest. Barton (2010) states “a health service ..[is].. an activity whose primary objective ishealth-its maintenance, its improvement, or, if it is failing, its recovery”(p. 6), which is preserving your life or making it better. Our country spends money on so many things that seem necessary to make the United States the best but how are these services really helping us if there are so many people who are unhealthy and not able to use these services or even use them up to their full potential? When people are denied healthcare and are unable to get better when they are sick, we are denying them the right to life. If we made healthcare a right in the United States our country would be a much better place with healthier individuals doing better than they ever could. Everyone has the right to live in a healthy state of mind and body which is exactly what healthcare is for.
If our government had a bigger say in our health...
...Rights and Choices in dementia care
Explain the impact of key legislation that relates to fulfilment of rights and choices and the minimising of risk of harm for an INDIVIDUAL with dementia
Key Legislations was brought in to protect the rights and choices of residents with or without dementia, while ensuring the risk of harm is minimised these legislations are:
Human Rights act 1998
Mental capacity act 2005-
Adults with incapacity act 2000 and 2007
Mental health act 2007
Disability discrimination act 1995
Safeguarding vulnerable Groups act 2006
Carers (equal opportunity ) act 2004
All these legislations ensure that residents are given their rights and aren’t deprived of them whether they have dementia or not, Risk assessments can be put in place to ensure safety of resident.
evaluate agreed ways of working that relate to rights and choices of an individual with dementia
It’s important for care settings to have systems in place that encourage anti- discrimination for residents with dementia, Promoting their rights and choices. Carers should follow policies and procedures in promoting these rights and choices, adhering to the relevant legislation.
explain how and when personal information may be shared with CARERS AND OTHERS, taking into account legislative frameworks and agreed ways of working
If you handle...
... Should you have to work for your healthcare or is it a right that should be given.
March 21, 2013
Have you ever been in a car accident and the air bag deployed? It may have saved your life and you start to become thankful for having air bags in your vehicle. Now if an air bag weren’t place in the car then you would heighten the risk of getting injured and dying. This is also the same concept that goes with healthcare and us. If healthcare weren’t available to everyone then we would heighten the risk of dying if we get ill or injured. Healthcare should be a standard role in everyone’s lives just how airbags are standard in all cars that are produced in today’s society. That is why healthcare should be an essential and prominent right that should be given to everyone who needs it, because we all need it as our airbag to stay alive.
Lets start backwards to get some information on how healthcare has formed throughout history. President Teddy Roosevelt was the first to push universal healthcare for all Americans during 1912.1 Health insurance was largely unavilable at the time. Doctors were not as extremely educated enough about diseases to really provide much useful care to sick people and there for they didn’t charge very much. The Social Security Act became establish as a system of federal old-age benefits and to provide...