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A bishop’s document from 1993 states: “Every person has a right to adequate health care.” Note the language is "adequate" - not "basic."   It continues, "This right flows from the sanctity of life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons, who are made in the image of God.” Health care is more than a commodity; It’s not simply a possession, it is a basic human right, thereby drawing from Pacem in Terris.

CAPP-USA members Joseph E. Capizzi, Ph.D. and Dr. Karen Shields Wright discuss health care in the context of magesterial documents of the Church as well as Catholic Social Teaching. This presentation was hosted by the Catholic Medical Association's 82nd Annual Education Conference, “Mission, Justice, and Medicine: Integrating Catholic Social Teachings into Health Care,” held October 24-26, 2013, in Santa Barbara, California.

"Man has the right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services. In consequence, he has the right to be looked after in the event of ill health; disability stemming from his work; widowhood; old age; enforced unemployment; or whenever through no fault of his own he is deprived of the means of livelihood. (8)" (PIT, 11)

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