The Meaning of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

John Tobin

in The Right to Health in International Law

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603299
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731662 | DOI:
The Meaning of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

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This chapter focuses on the meaning and scope of the interest in which the right to health is grounded, namely ‘the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health’. This formulation does not provide individuals with a guarantee of health, and the level of health enjoyed by an individual, whether physical or mental, will be dependent on factors peculiar to an individual and the resources available to a state. The term health itself is also examined and shown to extend to freedoms such as freedom to enjoy reproductive and sexual health and freedom from non-consensual medical treatment.

Keywords: meaning of health; sexual health; reproductive health; non-consensual medical treatment; compulsory sterilisation; adolescent sexual health; specialist health services; abortion services; non-discrimination; accessibility of health services

Chapter.  30629 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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