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The Right to Health 

The Right to Health
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The Right to Health
Author(s):

Gunilla Backman

and Judith Bueno de Mesquita

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0041
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date: 23 October 2019

The Right to Health is central to this book. In their commentary, Gunilla Backman and Judith Mesquita consider its history, its grounds in both civil–political and socioeconomic/cultural rights thinking and practice, and the legal sources and norms for this. They contemplate the desiderata for (mental) health care, and further examine those norms that are highly relevant to mental health care, such as non-discrimination and equality, development of costed national health plans, progressive realization, participation, accountability, and international assistance and cooperation. They describe the implementation of the right to health in policy, in terms of both protecting and promoting rights, and in seeking more resources, and monitoring and accountability. Examples of Special Rapporteur and treaty monitoring processes are both given. The authors emphazise how the right to health has been increasingly used by the health sector, civil society, and national human rights institutions as a framework for structuring analysis and to demand action to improve mental healthcare.

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