On Filipinos' rights to health and health care

Abstract

The Republic of the Philippines has very good laws that pertain to people's right to health and right to health care. Some of these laws have been in place for several decades now. The specific provision in the Philippine 1987 constitution is: "The State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them." This provision tells us that the Philippine government recognizes the people's right to health.

Another part of the constitution states: "The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children." If we take this provision together with the previous one, we can interpret it as a recognition of people's right to affordable health care. Read more...
Published
Nov 11, 2015
Section
Editorial