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The right to health care is an internationally recognized human right.

On Dec. 10, 1948 the United States and 47 other nations signed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document stated that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and one’s family, including… medical care.” [49] In 2005 the United States and the other member states of the World Health Organization signed World Health Assembly resolution 58.33, which stated that everyone should have access to health care services and should not suffer financial hardship when obtaining these services. [16] According to a peer-reviewed study in the Lancet, “[r]ight-to-health features are not just good management, justice, or humanitarianism, they are obligations under human-rights law.” [50] The United States is the only OECD nation which does not have universal health care either in practice or by constitutional right. [119] [123] According to the Comparative Constitutions Project, as of 2019, over 130 countries have a right to health care in their national constitutions. [123]

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