Private Sector Involvement in Healthcare and UHC: An Assessment in Light of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

33 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2015 Last revised: 20 Sep 2015

Brigit Toebes

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Antenor Hallo de Wolf

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 19, 2015

Abstract

The goal of UHC (Universal Health Coverage) is to ‘ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them’. There are many dense connections between the goal of UHC, and the State’s legal obligation to realize the human right to the highest attainable standard of health (‘right to health’). In light of this goal, it is important to assess private sector involvement in the health sector. For example, private actors may not always have the incentives to deal with externalities that affect availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health care related services; they may not be in the position to provide ‘public goods’; or they may be subjected to imperfect information. The main question that this paper sets out to answer is: what are the legal human rights obligations imposed on States to regulate private sector involvement in healthcare?

Keywords: Universal Health Coverage - Right to Health

Suggested Citation

Toebes, Brigit and Hallo de Wolf, Antenor, Private Sector Involvement in Healthcare and UHC: An Assessment in Light of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (August 19, 2015). University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2015/32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2649845

Brigit Toebes (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

Antenor Hallo de Wolf

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

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