Right to Health Care
Present an argument supporting one opinion using ethical arguments.
Right to Health Care
Right to Health Care: Position: Individual should have the right to health care.
The U.S. Census Bureau indicated that in the year 2014, that 10.4 % of the American populace do not possess an insurance plan (Bureau, 2014). As such, this brings out the need of universal care. Even with the passing of the March 10th Affordable Care Act, there is still more individuals are not for all individuals have the right to health. This paper will argue ethically for the right of health care. How do we define health care? According to Almgren, (2013), health care can be referred to as “the maintenance and improvement of both physical and mental care through the adequate use of medical services.” On the other, we must understand what ethics means, ethics and values can be defined as the determining or distinguishing right and wrong. As such, something considers ethical is some that are accepted by the society, and it is good in nature (Spinoza, 2001).
First, in its definition, heath care has now been a fundamental necessity to countries such the US and other developed countries. The need to help someone from a difficult situation to a more improved status is referred to as beneficence. Health care being a service to offer support to individual depicts an ethical aspect that it is a good thing to save each other. As such it can be argued that individuals must have equal access to health care regardless of the income, race, or occupation. Having this in mind portrays the equality among human beings, we are equal!
Second, regarding United Nations declaration of 1948, it was stated,
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living proper for the health and well-being of the individual and his family, which includes medical care”(United Nations, 1948)
As such, healthcare being one of the parameters that dictate the standards of living, it should be a right of an individual to health care as well accessing care so that they can live a standard life. Furthermore, as article 25 of the Universal Declarations Act that the family should have a standard living relates to the right to health care. As defined earlier, ethics refers to determining whether something is good, does deny someone the right to live a standard life ethical? (Ram-Tiktin, 2012).
Furthermore, there are other benefits that if an individual has a right to health care can help the society. With all people having the same health care services, the society will have a working population, a population that understands the underlying needs to prosper, a society that appreciates human dignity with no segregation. Such a society is united and can achieve more with regard to entrepreneurship, economy, and business. As such, medical bankruptcies will be curbed as such reducing health care spending which in turn improves socialism amongst members of the society.
Conclusively, the right
to health care is ethical in such a way individuals are not must respect each
other and value. The right to health care indeed
shows a culture of care and concern for
other individuals. Furthermore, if
individuals have the right to health care a greater number of the poverty-stricken areas in the U.S. will benefit
as well as it will propel the country’s goals such as the American Dream (Rowland &
Almgren, G. R. (2013). Health care politics, policy, and services : a social justice analysis. Springer Pub. Co.
Bureau, U. C. (2014). Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2017, from https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2014
Ram-Tiktin, E. (2012). The Right to Health Care as a Right to Basic Human Functional Capabilities. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 15(3), 337–351. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-011-9322-7
Rowland, R. C., & Jones, J. M. (2011). One Dream: Barack Obama, Race, and the American Dream. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 14(1), 125–154. https://doi.org/10.1353/rap.2011.0007
Spinoza, B. de. (2001). Ethics. Wordsworth Editions.
United Nations. (1948). Universal Declaration of Human Rights, G.A. res. 217A (III), U.N. Doc A/810 at 71 (1948). Retrieved April 30, 2017, from http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/instree/b1udhr.htm