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Human rights in healthcare settings/Patient rights[edit]

Health as a human right is foundational of global health and public health theory and practice.[1][2] According to the WHO, the right to health is defined as the “highest attainable standard of health” and asserts that governments are responsible for ensuring conditions that facilitate such standards.[3] More broadly, it is understood to include the right to access healthcare, health information, enjoy autonomy and privacy when receiving healthcare services, and generally enjoy access to economic, social, and other structural conditions that produce a high standard of health.

Within the larger realm of human rights and health, healthcare delivery implies certain rights to patients. Such rights include the right to privacy, information, life, and quality care, as well as freedom from discrimination, torture, and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.[4] Violations of patient rights are especially acute among members of marginalized groups, such as ethnic and sexual minorities, women, those living with disabilities, migrants and displaced persons, and people living with infectious diseases.[5] For instance, in transitional countries in Eastern Europe, patients living with HIV may have their statuses publically disclosed, Roma may be segregated into inadequately conditioned wards, persons with disabilities may be contained and medicated against their will, drug users may be denied anesthesia during operations, and women of marginalized groups and transgender persons may be forced or coerced into sterilization.[6]

Human rights concerns in the healthcare context are not limited to patients, but include healthcare providers. Providers have the right to decent working conditions, freedom of association, and freedom to provide or refuse a procedure based on their moral obligations.[7][8] Returning to examples from transitional countries, healthcare providers may be forced to perform procedures that contradict their moral beliefs, deny the highest standards of care to marginalized groups, disclose confidential information, and cover up crimes against humanity or torture.[9] Furthermore, providers who do not oblige these pressures are often persecuted.[10]

Legal reform is necessary to prevent violations of patient and practitioner rights within healthcare, particularly healthcare delivery, and especially in transitional countries.[11] Gransford (talk) 20:10, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

The article mentions that Health Care rights may be surpassed by or ignored in favor of other civil rights, pointing to the article Right to health. It may be a better place for the above content and could possibly be used to improve the status of that article. Meclee (talk) 21:26, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

I see no mention either of a right to refuse medical treatment or to self-medicate
Medical professionals own our bodies?
Laurel Bush (talk) 15:40, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

The subheading 1.1 17th - 18th century is wrong because the content under this subheading includes the works of Las Casas, Vitoria and Sepulveda, all of whom lived, wrote and intervened in the public debate in the 16th century. (The Valladolid Debate was in 1550 -1551). The subheading should read "16th- 18th century" Atahualpa1492 (talk) 00:42, 2 December 2013 (UTC)Atahualpa1492

Yes check.svg Done. I made this change. --Jeff Ogden (W163) (talk) 05:38, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

incomplete[edit]

"Alain de Benoist questions human rights premises of human equality." In what way? 117.199.3.90 (talk) 06:12, 31 December 2013 (UTC)Querry

Edit request[edit]

In "Freedom of Movement", "...limits of respect for the liberty and rights of others,[1] and to leave that state and return at any time." There is an embedded source attribution in the copy/pasted header from the main Freedom of Movement page. The [1] needs to be either removed or correctly attributed. 12.249.227.174 (talk) 17:54, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
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