The Right to Health and the Social Determinants of Health in the Face of COVID-19. Tthe Spanish Experience after Austerity Policies

Authors

  • Carlos Lema Añón

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17561/tahrj.v16.6326

Keywords:

Right to Health, COVID-19, Social Determinants of Health, Austerity Policies

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected Spain in 2020. Although the specific causes and Spain’s response—as well as the aspects to be improved—are yet to be evaluated, many experts agree that this crisis has magnified some of the problems of the Spanish health system, highlighting the problems derived from the cuts in the capacities of the health and public health systems. We assess the current situation from the perspective of the right to health in its twofold dimension: health care and social determinants. For this purpose, we look into the configuration of the right to health in Spain and how the economic crisis and austerity policies affected it. In particular, we consider the impact both on institutional health care systems and in terms of social determinants of health. Finally, we make several proposals for strengthening the right to health.

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Published

2021-06-14

How to Cite

Lema Añón, C. (2021). The Right to Health and the Social Determinants of Health in the Face of COVID-19. Tthe Spanish Experience after Austerity Policies. The Age of Human Rights Journal, (16), 220–241. https://doi.org/10.17561/tahrj.v16.6326

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