LETTER: NY Health Act recognizes health care as human right, Kerin J. Rigney, Syracuse.com

By Kerin J. Rigney, January 14, 2019

All over the world, developed nations have determined that access to medical treatment is a human right. They have determined that as a civilized society, they would collectively care for each member whether they have gainful employment or not. They recognize that not every member of society is able to work such as children, the sick and the elderly and that access to a doctor or medication when ill is essential for a healthy and functional democracy and that it is in everyone’s best interest to grant that access.

The United States stands alone as a developed democracy which does not consider access to medical treatment a human right. The United States stands alone in treating medicine as simply an industry just like any other, and includes it in the capitalist philosophy of demand and supply. Seeking treatment for an illness is considered the same as shopping for a new car.

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