Health as a universal right should be available to everyone regardless of income or wealth, but unfortunately economic conditions have turned health into one more element of market dynamics,
November 2, 2022
Health as a universal right should be available to everyone regardless of income or wealth, but unfortunately economic conditions have turned health into one more element of market dynamics, so it ceases to be a right and becomes be a privilege that can only be obtained by those who can pay for it. In a society like the current one, where income inequity is so wide, access to health for people with lower incomes is even more complicated. According to the WHO (World Health Organization): “about 100 million people around the world are pushed every year to live below the poverty line as a result of health costs.” This means that people who were not in poverty before, because now they are, due to some health expense (illness, treatment, surgery, etc).
The coverage and quality of health care a person receives is directly related to their income level, according to Otto Lenhart (2019): “Higher-income families may have better access to care, as well as more opportunities to purchase it while people with lower incomes may be faced with more stressful situations, which are detrimental to health”, and although this statement sounds cruel, it is the reality that we have. Khullar and Chokshi write: “Income influences health and longevity through various clinical, behavioral, social, and environmental mechanisms. It can be difficult to isolate the unique contribution of income to health because this relationship intersects with many other social risk factors”.
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