The most common expression is that health care is a right. In other words, everyone has the right to good health care. This is enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 1IVESCR. But unfortunately, even after more than 50 years it turns out to be a hollow promise.
According to the United Nations 2Substantive issues arising in the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, this right consists of four principles, which are availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality. If we take a closer look at these principles, we can see that things are wrong.
Healthcare should be available to everyone. But that’s not as easy as it seems. In Spain, a doctor has an average of 200 patients under his care. In Africa this is 5,000 patients! 3Africa has about one doctor for every 5000 people That is far too little to provide everyone with good health care. The reason why there are too few is easy to point out: a lack of education.
ccessibility to healthcare means that healthcare must be non-discriminatory, physically accessible, affordable and accessible. Unfortunately, things go wrong on many fronts. In many countries there is discrimination on the basis of gender, origin, colour and religion. Discrimination is often caused by a country’s policy. In Muslim countries, for example, you see that non-believers or believers are discriminated against and vice versa, in more secular countries you see discrimination against, for example, Muslims. Affordability is also a problem. In the United States the care per inhabitant costs more than $ 10.000 per year! 4Figures of 2016: Here’s how much the average American spends on health care
The acceptability of medical care implies respect for cultural differences, minorities, gender and age. Confidentiality must also be guaranteed. Here, too, discrimination is a problem, because in many countries the acceptability of people who think differently or are different is still a long way off.
The difference in quality in healthcare worldwide is tremendous. On the one hand, this is a financial issue. On the other hand, it has to do with a lack of educated people. There is also a clear lack of information sharing.
Precisely because each country has its own policy, there is such a huge difference in availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality between the different countries.
In the United World, all these problems have been solved through Basic Health Care. This provides every person in the world with free and good health care.
Because there is only one government, assisted by the best advisers around the world, many existing problems can be solved globally. For example, it is possible to make a plan for availability, so that enough people are trained in all areas of the world. Also the quality can be guaranteed by better training worldwide and care for sufficient medical facilities and instruments.
As described above, accessibility often depends on the institution and legislation of the government. In the United World, health care is free. Furthermore, the government can be active in combating discrimination. Because there is no longer a direct link between government and religion, many problems in the field of discrimination are prevented. Acceptability is also solved by paying a lot of attention to this in education.