The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay

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According to the Universal Declaration of Human rights there are rights that apply to all human beings: such as a right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to protection against discrimination, and the right to public service and medical care (General Assembly Resolution 217A). Article 25 specifically states: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control (General Assembly Resolution 217A article 25). While some may argue that undocumented immigrants are not denied access to medical services, research has shown the opposite. Access to healthcare is described as timely and proper use of health services in order to gain the best health outcome (Edward, 214). Current laws essentially force undocumented immigrants to wait until their medical condition is an emergency before a hospital will treat them, as emergency departments cannot deny treatment to any emergent condition based on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) (Berlinger & Raghavan, 2013). Therefore, undocumented immigrants are not granted timely and proper use of health services due to costs, poor health care knowledge, health care organization, EMTALA, discrimination, and fear
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