Pope Says Health Care Is “Inalienable Right”; A “Moral Responsibility” Of Governments

Posted by | November 19, 2010 14:19 | Filed under: Top Stories

Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders say it is the moral responsibility of governments to provide access to health care to all. (h/t Think Progress)

Access to adequate medical attention, the pope said in a written message Nov. 18, was one of the “inalienable rights” of man.

The pope’s message was read by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, to participants at the 25th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry at the Vatican Nov. 18-19.

“The care of man, his transcendent dignity and his inalienable rights” are issues that should concern Christians, the pope said.

Because an individual’s health is a “precious asset” to society as well as to himself, governments and other agencies should seek to protect it by “dedicating the equipment, resources and energy so that the greatest number of people can have access.”

Cardinal Bertone issues his own written statement stating how important it is for governments to insure the well-being of children, the elderly, the poor and immigrants. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said having good health “is a natural right.”

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