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The Right to Health in International Law$
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John Tobin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603299.001.0001

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(p.xxiv) (p.1) Introduction
The Right to Health in International Law

John Tobin

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter seeks to locate the place and status of the right to health within contemporary social and political debates. A picture emerges of the right to health that is far more contested and much less central to political and social debates concerning health care than its most enthusiastic advocates would suggest. But this is a far cry from concluding that the right to health is irrelevant. On the contrary, there is no doubting that it is increasingly an unavoidable part of public health discourse. The central challenge is to move the right from the periphery to the centre of such debates, a challenge that will require far more sophisticated and hard-headed analysis on the part of lawyers, health professionals, and public policy makers. The chapter outlines the approach to be adopted in an attempt to meet this challenge.

Keywords:   right to health, contemporary social status, contemporary political status, social debate, political debate

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