Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
ARAUJO, José Duarte de. The right to medical care and its economic consequences: an American dilemma. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1972, vol.6, n.4, pp. 317-327. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101972000400002.
The concepts of "rights" and of "right to health care" including its evolution in modern times are discussed. The consequences of implementing this right are discussed in economic terms, regarding the situation in the United States of America. A discussion is also included on the limitations of the role of Health Insurance as a measure to solve the problem of providing health care for all individuals.
Keywords : Health economics; Insurance [health]; Medical assistance.