Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 135–140 | Cite as

The Moral Imperative of Universal Health Care: A Talk Presented at the Annual Forum of the National Academies of Practice

Social Work Forum


There are certain basic needs, such as food, shelter, education, and health care, which a moral society should meet for all of its people. When that society is the wealthiest in the world, the obligation to fulfill this requirement is even more compelling. Political and other social forces, however, often exacerbate the fears and greed of a country’s citizens, resulting in policies that benefit a few at the expense of many. Such policies can exist for long periods of time, but may ultimately give way when the conscience of society finds its voice and demands otherwise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatry and Obstetrics and GynecologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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