faculty spotlight

“Healthcare access is a prominent human rights issue, given that all people have the right to achieve their best health status, regardless of their gender, race, social standing, income level or geographic location. ”

I think as social workers we are obligated to say that health care is a right and not a privilege. This right to healthcare includes full access to reproductive healthcare. Healthcare access is a prominent human rights issue, given that all people have the right to achieve their best health status, regardless of their gender, race, social standing, income level or geographic location. Healthcare should not be connected to employment and when a people need to access healthcare through government programs, they shouldn’t be looked down upon or treated differently by providers. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there are segments of the population who are now able to see a doctor for the first time in their lives. However, the Act falls short of providing access for everyone and it does not fully incorporate all aspects of reproductive healthcare, so more must be done to improve healthcare access for vulnerable populations. Social work should be at the forefront of this effort, given the profession’s long history of activism in human rights. Lack of access to care can lead to unnecessary trauma and grief, which is why social work research and advocacy in this area is so vital.