CFP: From “the right to health” to “the duty of health”

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CFP: From “the right to health” to “the duty of health”

AAA 2017, Washington D.C., November 29-December 3

When does health care as a right become a health care as a duty? What are the “hidden costs” when the right to health is put into practice? Since the Alma Ata declaration, the “right to health” has increasingly become articulated through fiscal health policy, as reflected by health reforms across the globe that aim to reduce the cost of care to patients at the point of service. This rights framework connotes movement toward equality and equity and hence, a positive phenomenon. However, what are the consequences of this on the everyday lives of community members, health care professionals, local bureaucrats, or policymakers? This panel asks how policies for health care may be a site for generating new individual, collective, social, or moral duties and obligations.

In this panel, we will consider papers that address the often hidden costs and invisible liabilities of health policies for the public that transform the discourse of Right to Health into the Duty of Health. The duty framework could be addressed by focusing on those issues and experiences of health policy that reveal the disjuncture between the discourse and actual experience of health policies framed as rights based; comparisons between how people value their health and how people value the policies intended to promote health; and differences between the financial value of health policies and the cultural values of health policies. 

This panel will consider a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Critical research on the “right to health” framework
  • Health as a moral obligation
  • Research on any number of systems for delivering health care such as insurance, community based credit associations, conditional cash transfers, pay for performance, etc.
  • The implications of health policy on care, kinship, social relationships
  • Research discussing how people benefit and/or have positive perceptions of hidden costs  

Please submit your 250-word abstract to Amy Dao ( and Vani Kulkarni ( by Monday, April 5, 2017. Panelists will be notified by Friday, April 7, 2017

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