Quote from llg
The problem with asserting that health care is a right is that "health care" is not just 1 thing. There are different types of health, different levels of service, etc. and you need to go further in your assertion and specify which specific health care practices would be included in that right and which health care practices would not be included.
For example (and there are many examples to choose from): Would you only those health care treatments based on science? ... or ... Would you also include those health care treatments based on faith? ... What about health care practices based on cultural tradition that have no scientific or religious basis?
To simply say "health care is a right" and then end it there is a cop out. There are tough issues that need to be addressed, and stopping at that simplistic declaration doesn't accomplish anything useful.
You make an extremely good point. What level do we consider necessary for good health?
I thought about this for a while. And then I realized that education is considered a right. Everyone must be educated by law up until (I believe) 10th grade regardless of social status or ability to pay. And it is completely free to everyone - citizen or not.
However, college, university, trade schools, etc must be paid for by the student. These are considered above the basic right to education.
This being the case, perhaps health care could be in the same - basic, prevention, necessary, traditional medicine.
Anything extra is out of pocket.
I Honestly feel that your health is even more important than education (and I REALLY believe in education). There are a lot of people that are successful and have never gone past 10th grade.
But a person that is sick, or afraid to see a doctor for the expense of it all, or is having their wages garnished to try to pay off medical bills doesn't go anywhere...