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
Health and Catholic Social Teaching
U.S. Catholic Bishops on Health Care
Continuing the Commitment: A Pathway to Health Care Reform
Catholic Health Association, 2000
A Framework Comprehensive Health Care Reform
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
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