NPR’s Fresh Air has an interesting interview with bioethicist Arthur Caplan, a professor from my alma matter the University of Pennsylvania. One key point was that Dr. Caplan said, to paraphrase, that if we can all agree that health care is a right than it will be easier to move forward with health care reform.
The question remains, is health care a right? If it is a right, how much health care is each person entitled to? Who’s responsibility is it to supply this right?
Health care can not be an absolute right; by that I mean it is unreasonable to hold that everyone has a right to unlimited medical care. That line of reasoning would bankrupt the country. However, most “rights” are not absolute.
For instance, the right to free speech is also not absolute; you can not yell “fire” in a movie theater and defamation is not always legal.
So what do you think about the following ideas?
- Is health care a right? Why or why not?
- If it is a right, how much health care is each person entitled to?
I look forward to hearing your responses.