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The right to the highest attainable standard of health1 

The right to the highest attainable standard of health1
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The right to the highest attainable standard of health1
Author(s):

Paul Hunt

, Gunilla Backman

, Judith Bueno de Mesquita

, Louise Finer

, Rajat Khosla

, Dragana Korljan

, and Lisa Oldring

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199218707.003.0019
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date: 19 June 2019

This chapter introduces the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which is enshrined in several legally binding international treaties, as well as numerous national constitutions. It outlines the complementary relationship between public health and the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and provides a framework for analysing this human right. This analytical framework is then applied, by way of illustration, to neglected diseases, mental disability, sexual and reproductive health, and water and sanitation. The conclusion identifies the key features of a health system from the perspective of the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

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