HIFA survey: Q4: Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right? (6)

4 September, 2023


I don’t think that access to healthcare information should be considered as a human right. Human rights are fundamental, basic, and universal rights closely associated to the way society works and to the place of individuals in society. According to the United Nations office of Human Rights, human rights “range from the most fundamental - the right to life - to those that make life worth living, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty.” While access to healthcare information is, of course, important (I work in this field) its importance is not at the level of food, education, work, health, and liberty.

I am afraid that trying to associate the promotion of reliable healthcare information to a human right would be counterproductive. It will seem exaggerated and inappropriate to many people and won’t contribute to win their support.

Bernard Seytre



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HIFA profile: Bernard Seytre is a Consultant at BNSCommunication in France. Professional interests: Health communication and education. seytre AT bnscom.fr