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Everyone must have affordable health care, Vatican official says

Everyone should have access to essential health services and no-one should have to fall into poverty to obtain needed care, a Vatican representative said.

“For many poor communities, families and individuals, access to the much-needed health care services remains an unachieved objective,” said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to UN agencies in Geneva.

“We are all daunted by the disquieting fact that half the world’s population is still unable to obtain many essential health services,” he said. “At the same time, hundreds of millions are pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services entirely from their own meager resources.”

“Since everyone should have the possibility of benefiting from necessary health services without falling into poverty, the virtue of solidarity urges us to work toward this goal,” said the archbishop.

Archbishop Jurkovic spoke on 23rd May at the World Health Assembly, a meeting of the member states of the World Health Organization to set WHO policies and programs.

Picture: Mercy Sr Karen Schneider, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, examines a boy in 2017 at a makeshift clinic in a remote area of Guyana. Everyone should have access to essential health services and no-one should have to fall into poverty to obtain needed care, a Vatican representative said. (CNS photo/Bob Roller).