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

Colleen Flood and Aeyal Gross

October 2014
Cambridge University Press
ISBN:  9781107038301

Abstract:

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 in advancing 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 re-articulated as 'rights', in a way that actually reinforces inequality? This volume includes studies from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, China, and Nigeria, among many others, and authors with expertise in 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.

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About the Author:

Colleen M. Flood is the inaugural director of the Ottawa Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy.  From 2000-2015 she was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto with cross-appointments to the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation.  From 2006-2011 she served as a Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research. Her primary areas of scholarship are in comparative health care law & policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law, administrative law, and accountability and governance issues more broadly. 

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