Human Right to Health

Principles:

Health Care for All-Oregon recognizes health care to be a human right. We seek to createa health care system based on the principles of Universality, Equity, Accountability, Transparency Participation, and health care as a Public Good.

  • Universality: As a human right, health care must be accessible to everyone, without exception.

  • Equity: Health care resources and services must be distributed and accessed according to people’s needs. Health, wealth, employment, age, race, gender, immigration status, and other factors should not result in any barriers to health care or disparities in health outcomes.

  • Accountability: The health care system must be accountable to the people it serves. It must ensure effective delivery of care and stewardship of resources that improve individual and population health, and provide means to uphold and enforce human rights standards in care.

  • Transparency: The health care system must be open with regard to information, decision-making, and management.

  • Participation: The health care system must enable meaningful public participation in all decisions affecting people's right to health care.

  • Public Good: Health care, as a fundamental element of a just society, must not be rationed by cost as a commodity in private markets, but be secured to the people on an equitable basis by public means, similarly to education, public safety, and public utilities.