The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Fatal Health Inequities

Authors

  • Meredeth Turshen
  • Annie Thébaud-Mony

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-072-06-2020-10_3

Keywords:

Health, Capitalism, Political Economy, Inequality

Abstract

As stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, health is a fundamental human right. However, we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with a shortage of both human and material health resources, most of which must be sourced from the private sector. Some of the wealthiest countries—France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States—have proved unable to respond rapidly. The evolution of public health over the past four decades, during which government health policies have reduced health services to commodities and objects of speculative investment, has led to the current crisis.

Published

2020-11-02

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Section

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