The Right to Health: For a Collective Takeover of Our Health Care System
From the very beginning, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted shocking social inequalities in health. It revealed the weaknesses of a health system rightly qualified as hospital-centric and the limits of an approach too often centered on individual responsibility and curative treatments.
Examining the right to health as a human right commands a different approach to health. Health is defined not as the absence of disease, but rather as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. This view requires the State to adopt a set of public policies to ensure the realization of all aspects of the right to health as well as all other rights.
Key words: right to health, Covid-19, pandemic