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The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide
A Global Comparative Study

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Colleen M. Flood, Aeyal Gross, Joanna Manning, Anna-Sara Lind, Chris Newdick, Everaldo Lamprea, Andre den Exter, Maria Eva Foldes, Y. Y. Chen, Christina S. Ho, Lisa Forman, Jerome Amir Singh, Mariana Prado, Allison Hoffman, Remigius Nwabueze, Oscar A. Cabrera, Fanny Gómez, Anand Grover, Maitreyi Misra, Lubhyathi Rangarajan
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  • Date Published: January 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507544

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  • Through a comparative global study of countries from all continents representing a diversity of health, legal, political, and economic systems, this book explores the role of health rights to advance greater equality through access to health care. Does health care promote equality, or does it in fact advance the opposite result? Does inserting the idea of "the right to health" into health systems allow the reinsertion of public values into systems that are undergoing privatization? Or does it allow for private claims to be rearticulated as "rights," in a way that actually reinforces inequality? This volume includes studies from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, China, and Nigeria, among many others, as well as authors with expertise regarding both the legal and health systems of their countries, making this a seminal study that allows readers to see the differing role of rights in various health systems.

    • Covers countries from a wide variety of economic, health, legal, and political systems
    • Includes contributors who are experts on the health and legal systems of their countries, while the editors combine knowledge of human rights, health systems and the economy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide comes at a uniquely opportune time for American and global readers, as rights to health care dominate the center of our political debates. This sixteen-nation comparative study concludes, as Americans have discovered, that the strength of a nation's commitment to the equitable provision of health care does not necessarily correlate with the legal articulation of health rights and that litigation can undermine as well as promote health care equity."
    Timothy S. Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

    "This book presents a judicious reading of a range of national interpretations of a right to health care. It offers important discussion of the mixed impact on equality of litigation. This is a must-read."
    Norman Daniels, Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Ethics and Population Health, Harvard School of Public Health

    "This excellent book is a major contribution to the emerging second wave of scholarship on the relationship between human rights and health care. It takes us well beyond the old staples of whether such a right exists, what its foundations are, and how it relates to other rights. On the basis of rich and high-quality comparative studies it presents a nuanced and necessarily complex picture of the many factors that must be taken into account in assessing the viability and desirability of different approaches to implementing the right to health."
    Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University

    "Judicial analyses of each nation's interpretation of the right to health, paired with the editors' thoughtful investigations make this book a compelling read for those interested in the intersection of health care and human rights."
    Health and Human Rights Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507544
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: marrying human rights and health care systems: contexts for a power to improve access and equity Colleen M. Flood and Aeyal Gross
    Part I. National Public Health Systems (Tax Financed):
    1. Litigating a right to healthcare in New Zealand Joanna Manning
    2. The right to health in Sweden Anna-Sara Lind
    3. Litigating health rights in Canada: a white knight for equity? Colleen M. Flood
    4. Promoting access and equity in health - assessing the National Health Service in England Chris Newdick
    Part II. Social Health Insurance Systems:
    5. Colombia's right to health litigation in a context of healthcare reform Everaldo Lamprea
    6. Health rights in Israel between solidarity and neo-liberalism Aeyal Gross
    7. Health care access in the Netherlands: the true story Andre den Exter
    8. Addressing equity in health care at the public-private intersection: the role of health rights enforcement in Hungary Maria Eva Foldes
    9. Lending a helping hand: the impact of constitutional interpretation on Taiwan's national health insurance program, health equity and distributive justice Y. Y. Chen
    Part III. Mixed Private/Public Systems:
    10. Health rights at the juncture between state and market: the People's Republic of China Christina S. Ho
    11. The role of rights and litigation in assuring more equitable access to health care in South Africa Lisa Forman and Jerome Amir Singh
    12. Provision of health care services and the right to health in Brazil: the long, winding and uncertain road to equality Mariana Prado
    13. A vision of an emerging right to health care in the United States: expanding health care equity through legislative reform Allison Hoffman
    14. The legal protection and enforcement of health rights in Nigeria Remigius Nwabueze
    15. Litigating the right to health in Venezuela: a non-justiciable right (?) in the context of a deficient health care system Oscar A. Cabrera and Fanny Gómez
    16. Right to health in India: addressing inequities through litigation Anand Grover, Maitreyi Misra and Lubhyathi Rangarajan
    Conclusion: context for the promise and peril of the right to health Colleen M. Flood and Aeyal Gross.

  • Editors

    Colleen M. Flood, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
    Colleen M. Flood is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

    Aeyal Gross, Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law
    Aeyal Gross is an Associate Professor in Tel-Aviv University's Faculty of Law. He is also a Visiting Reader at SOAS, University of London.


    Colleen M. Flood, Aeyal Gross, Joanna Manning, Anna-Sara Lind, Chris Newdick, Everaldo Lamprea, Andre den Exter, Maria Eva Foldes, Y. Y. Chen, Christina S. Ho, Lisa Forman, Jerome Amir Singh, Mariana Prado, Allison Hoffman, Remigius Nwabueze, Oscar A. Cabrera, Fanny Gómez, Anand Grover, Maitreyi Misra, Lubhyathi Rangarajan

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