Health Systems

Access to high quality medical care for individuals, groups and populations is highly dependent upon the structure and strength of the health care system. While the WMA does not promote a certain type of health care system, it considers the availability of health care and affordable, timely access to health care a human right.

It is a state obligation to provide laws and regulations and, where necessary, structure and organizations that ensure health and medical care is provided to all people without discrimination. This can be done in various ways, but should honour the values and culture of the respective society.

The WMA supports the World Health Organization in its efforts to build and strengthen health care systems. Only comprehensive health care systems, which include strong primary, secondary, tertiary care and public health structures, will provide barrier-free, equitable access and efficient treatment to patients. Health care systems must provide mechanisms to include disadvantaged populations and must carefully consider social determinants of health.