Assessing Private Sector Involvement in Health Care and Universal Health Coverage in Light of the Right to Health

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The goal of 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 connections between this goal and the state's legal obligation to realize the human right to health. In the context of this goal, it is important to assess private actors' involvement in the health sector. For example, private actors may not always have the incentives to deal with externalities that affect the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health care services; they may not be in a position to provide "public goods"; or they may operate under imperfect information. This paper sets out to answer the question, what legal human rights obligations do states have in terms of regulating private sector involvement in health care?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalHealth and Human Rights
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2016


  • privatization
  • Human Rights
  • human rights impact assessment
  • universal access to health care
  • non-state actors and human rights
  • right to health

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