universal health care
- Universal health care began in its first form in Germany in the late 1800’s followed shortly thereafter by Great Britain's version.
- Universal health care is provided in some form by every industrialized nation in the world except the United States.
- Universal health care was defined as a basic human right by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document drafted shortly after World War II. The document was voted on by the United Nations; but, the United States chose not to ratify the social and economic sections of the declaration that covered health care.
- Until 2010 when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in the United States, health care was treated as a privilege for those who can afford the costs of care, not a basic right of every citizen.
- With the passage of the Act, the number of uninsured residents has dropped and state-run, lower cost health care programs are being implemented.
Universal health care is defined as making basic medical, dental and mental health services available to all members of a society.
Facts About Universal Health Care
An example of universal health care is the medical services program provided to all Canadian citizens.