Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 259–274 | Cite as

Health (care) and human rights: a fundamental conditions approach

  • S. Matthew Liao


Many international declarations state that human beings have a human right to health care. However, is there a human right to health care? What grounds this right, and who has the corresponding duties to promote this right? Elsewhere, I have argued that human beings have human rights to the fundamental conditions for pursuing a good life. Drawing on this fundamental conditions approach of human rights, I offer a novel way of grounding a human right to health care.


Right to health Right to health care Human rights Social determinants of health Christopher Boorse Norman Daniels 



I would like to thank Dan Brudney, Collin O’Neil, Wibke Gruetjen, and audiences at the Conference on “Is Health Care a Human Right?” at the University of Chicago and the Working Papers in Ethics and Moral Psychology at Mount Sinai for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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