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Vatican official presses for universal health coverage

May 23, 2011

The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care said that access to medical care is an important human right, as he spoke to the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Cardinal Zygmunt Zimowski said that the world remains far away from “the much-desired universal coverage in health-service provision.” He said that wealthy nations should devote more of their resources to foreign aid, to enable needy countries to provide adequate care for their peoples.


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  • Posted by: impossible - May. 23, 2011 11:04 PM ET USA

    The key word is "access." The right to access does not translate into a need for universal (socializede) health care. Why not apply the cardinal's logic to a right to have "an automobile?" Perhaps the Cardinal should carefully read the encyclicals, starting with Rerum Novarum.