THE HUMAN RIGHTS IMPLICATIONS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MODEL OF HEALTHCARE

ABSTRACT

This essay offers a critical analysis of how the North American model of healthcare can be positioned as a system that denies basic human rights to health and wellbeing. This is facilitated by an exploration of how the interplay of social status and poverty affect individuals seeking and gaining adequate and appropriate health care. To better understand the limitations of the North American model of healthcare, the system is explored in relation to issues of access based on lack of economic and social capital as posited by Bourdieu. A review of the impact of not having access to appropriate healthcare is also given and the postulation that the North American model of healthcare is responsible for the discrimination of those who cannot afford to pay for their medical care will be considered. This essay demonstrates how one of the richest countries in the world is failing its citizens who do not have adequate healthcare insurance or any form of health insurance. This is a major failing of North America to secure the best possible human rights for all Americans regardless of economic or social status. Keywords: Healthcare, Human Rights, Poverty, Heath Injustice, North America, Social and Economic Capital.

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