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Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care

In the Catholic community, health and the healing ministry take on particular significance because of the Church’s involvement as provider of health care services through its various ministries and as a major purchaser of health care insurance for its employees. In the debate over health care insurance, the Bishops will continue to use as their guide the “criteria for reform” from their Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform.

Among the criteria for health care reform are:

♦ Respect for Life - Whether it preserves and enhances human life from conception to natural death.

♦ Priority Concern for the Poor - Whether it gives special priority to health care needs of the poor, ensuring that their health care is quality health care.

♦ Universal Access to Comprehensive Benefits - Whether it provides universal access to comprehensive benefits sufficient to maintain and promote good health.

♦ Pursuing the Common Good and Preserving Pluralism - Whether it allows and encourages the involvement of all sectors, including the religious and voluntary sectors, in all aspects of health care, ensuring respect for the ethical and religious values of consumers and providers.


Universal Health Care: A Definition
From Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Catholic Documents:

Health and Catholic Social Teaching

U.S. Catholic Bishops on Health Care
USCCB, 2005

Continuing the Commitment: A Pathway to Health Care Reform
Catholic Health Association, 2000

A Framework Comprehensive Health Care Reform
USCCB, 1993

Putting Children and Families First:
A Challenge for Our Church, Nation, and World
USCCB, 1991

Health and Health Care: A Pastoral Letter

USCCB, 1981

Related Faith Based Documents:

Theological Grounding as an Ethical Imperative for Justice in Health Care
Ohio Council of Churches, 1999

Resolution For Renewed Faith Community Universal Health Care Campaign
National Council of Churches, 1999

Governmental and Secular Documents:

2006 Bills on Universal Health Care Coverage
National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Academies Institute of Medicine
Projects and Reports

Working Papers from the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured
Funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

National Healthcare Disparities Report
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2005

Women's Health Care in the United States
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2005

Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition
U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2004

The World Health Report - Working Together for Health
United Nations World Health Organization, 2006


U.S. Special Committee on Aging

America’s Agenda: Health Care for All

Catholic Health Association

Catholic Health Initiatives

Physicians for a National Health Program

The National Academy for State Health Policy

Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)

U.S.C.C.B Committee on Social Development and World Peace



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