Equity, Social Determinants, and Children's Rights: Coming to Grips With the Challenges

      The United States is the only country that has not signed the United Nations Declaration of Children's Rights–-a major indictment in itself. Documents on “rights” generally focus on the individual; it is the individual who is born with assurance of protection and entitlements. No such assurances exist for children in the United States. Only 26 state constitutions include provisions for a right to health care, but, even in these states, the “right” is conceived of as a charity rather than as something that is legally enforceable.
      Center for Economic and Social Rights.
      The right to health in the United States of America: what does it mean?.
      Thus, rights to health care in the USA are dependent on specific legislation. Only in Hawaii and Alaska do the state constitutions have provisions that are more socially compelling.
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