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Unpublished Paper
Entrenched Inequity: Health Care in the United States of America
ExpressO (2008)
  • Jean Connolly Carmalt, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
  • Sarah Zaidi, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Alicia Ely Yamin

This article analyzes the U.S. system for delivering health services in terms of the international human rights standards that apply to the human right to health. To that end, the article evaluates whether the health care system provides available, accessible, acceptable, and quality health goods and services. It finds that the United States fails to provide available care because services are insufficient in quantity and not located in reasonable proximity to all communities; that it fails to provide accessible care because of financial barriers to access and overly complicated requirements for access; that it fails to provide acceptable care because of the failure to maintain cultural sensitivity; and that it fails to provide quality care because of uneven delivery and systemic safety concerns. The article concludes that in order to meet international standards, the U.S. health care system must provide available and accessible care, and that it must meet standards of cultural sensitivity and quality. Finally, the article argues that health care policy should be focused on the right to health.

  • human rights,
  • right to health,
  • U.S. health care
Publication Date
April 18, 2008
Citation Information
Jean Connolly Carmalt, Sarah Zaidi and Alicia Ely Yamin. "Entrenched Inequity: Health Care in the United States of America" ExpressO (2008)
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