This book examines the idea of a fundamental entitlement to health and healthcare from a human rights perspective.
The volume is based on a particular conceptual reasoning that balances critical thinking and pragmatism in the context of a universal right to health. Thus, the primary focus of the book is the relationship or contrast between rights-based discourse/jurisprudential arguments and real-life healthcare contexts. The work sets out the constraints that are imposed on a universal right to health by practical realities such as economic hardship in countries, lack of appropriate governance, and lack of support for the implementation of this right through appropriate resource allocation. It queries the degree to which the existence of this legally enshrined right and its application in instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) can be more than an ephemeral aspiration but can, actually, sustain, promote, and instil good practice. It further asks if social reality and the inequalities that present themselves therein impede the implementation of laudable human rights, particularly within marginalised communities and cadres of people. It deliberates on what states and global bodies do, or could do, in practical terms to ensure that such rights are moved beyond the aspirational and become attainable and implementable. Divided into three parts, the first analyses the notion of a universal inalienable right to health(care) from jurisprudential, anthropological, legal, and ethical perspectives. The second part considers the translation of international human rights norms into specific jurisdictional healthcare contexts. With a global perspective it includes countries with very different legal, economic, and social contexts. Finally, the third part summarises the lessons learnt and provides a pathway for future action.
The book will be an invaluable resource for students, academics, and policymakers working in the areas of health law and policy, and international human rights law.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Clayton Ó Néill, An introduction to health rights as they apply in a global landscape
Chapter 2: Charles Foster, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Part I: Articles 1, 2 3, 5 and 6
Chapter 3: Jonathan Herring, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Part II: Articles 7, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 25
Chapter 4: Clayton Ó Néill, A global right to health amid global health emergencies
Chapter 5: Thana de Campos-Rudinsky, Global Health Rights in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: On the Doctrine of the Minimum Core Obligations and a Co-Responsibility to Care
Beginning of life and children
Chapter 6: Zahara Nampewo, Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Uganda: Law and Practice
Chapter 7: Clayton Ó Néill, Abortion and conscience: a crossroads for Northern Ireland
Chapter 8: Santa Slokenberga, The standard of care and implications for paediatric decision-making: the Swedish viewpoint
Middle of Life
Chapter 9: Edward Lui, The right to health in Hong King: incorporation, implementation and balancing
Chapter 10: Sushant Chandra, ‘Dignity’ in the adjudication of health rights in India
Chapter 11: Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, Universal health coverage and the right to health in Nigeria
Chapter 12: Naomi N Njuguna, Realising the right to health in Kenya: connecting health governance outcomes to patient safety perspectives
Chapter 13: John Tingle, Developing an intrinsic patient safety culture in health systems: the NHS experience
Chapter 14: Stephen King, Clinical Negligence Litigation Procedure, Policy and Practice in England: the product of a legal cycle rather than an application of a right to health?
Chapter 15: Helen Hughes, Patient Safety and Human Rights
Chapter 16: Jean V McHale and Elizabeth Speakman, Fundamental rights to health care and charging overseas visitors for NHS treatment: Diversity across the the United Kingdom’s devolved jurisdictions
Chapter 17: Lara Khoury, Public reporting, transparency and patient autonomy in the province of Quebec
Chapter 18: Jesse Wall, Human tissue, human rights and humanity
Chapter 19: Carsten Momsen and Mathis Schwarze, Autonomy and the right to (end one’s?) life: a German perspective
Chapter 20: Ian Freckelton QC, End of Life Issues in Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 21: Barbara Reich, Comparative perspectives on medical aid in dying: the United States and Canada
Chapter 22: Clayton Ó Néill and Charles Foster, A right to health: a right granted, agreed, but limited or denied?