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Ethics Around the Table: Benjamin Meier, “Realizing the International Human Right to Health through U.S. Health Care Policy”

April 1, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ben Meier, Public Policy, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Dr. Meier’s interdisciplinary research—at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health—examines human rights frameworks for global health governance.  Advancing rights-based frameworks for public health, he has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and implementation of human rights – serving as a consultant to international organizations, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

For this Ethics Around the Table lecture, Dr. Meier will present, “Realizing the International Human Right to Health through U.S. Health Care Policy”


The political acceptance and policy implementation of the right to health long remained uncertain in the United States, leaving it until recently as the only developed nation without policies to realize universal health coverage. By re-engaging longstanding debates on government obligations to secure the health of every American, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (‘Affordable Care Act’ or ACA) draws on an internationally recognized conception of a human right to health, seeking to progressively realize the ‘highest attainable standard of physical and mental health’ through policies that ensure the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health care. This presentation examines the evolution, implementation and implications of US efforts to realize health-related rights through health care policy.

This event is free and open to all! Lunch will be provided; registration is kindly required.



April 1, 2015
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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