Posted on 01 September 2014.
Healthcare is a basic human right. The state, no matter where you are, has the obligation to provide quality medical services that everyone must have access to. It also involves several factors that enable individuals to live a healthy life, including a decent house, a clean environment, and adequate food.
Access to quality healthcare must be universal and guided by the following principles:
• Healthcare must be accessible and comprehensive for everyone. It must be provided with no discrimination based on social status, age, gender, language, disability, or religion.
• It is every human’s right that hospitals, clinics, doctors, and medicines are available in every community.
• All healthcare must be of good quality, provided in a safe and patient-centered manner.
• Healthcare assistance must be acceptable and provided in a culturally appropriate manner. It must respect cultures, age, gender, and language. Healthcare must also be provided with dignity, protecting confidentiality, and valuing medical ethics.
• Medical researches and information must be available for everyone so they can take an active role in protecting their health.
• Individuals must have an active participation on the organization and implementation of healthcare services.
In many parts of the world, several laws and additional reforms were passed to make it even more possible that healthcare services become more affordable, accessible, available, and acceptable for everyone.
In America, a healthcare act that really stirred up people to talk is the one pertaining to the legalization of marijuana. Some states, including Washington, have seen reason and made medical marijuana possible. It is often prescribed to treat pain symptoms, especially for those who are suffering from chronic pain, cancer, and AIDS. A card is given out to people prescribed with medical marijuana so they purchase from a Washington dispensary and bring along a prescribed amount with them without having to face the raps of the law.
We believe there are many other healthcare issues that government policies must focus on. So individuals and communities will really be able to access quality healthcare services as promised. Although the world knows that healthcare is a basic human right, it is still not made available equally for everyone. A sad affair, if you ask me.