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The Right to Health or the Right to Health Care 

Jocelyn Keith, CBE, RGON, BA (Hons), D.Com.H, Lecturer, Department of Community Health, Wellington School of Medicine 

Reference:  Keith, J, (1987). The Right to Health or the Right to Health Care Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 2(3) 18-24

Historically, and in contrast to the early introduction of a number of other rights, the right to health has been one of the last to be proclaimed.  There are no references to the right to health in 18th and 19th century constitutions whereas a number of other rights are specifically mentioned.  Continued…