Healthcare Law in Denmark

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The COVID-19 pandemic (2020-) and the European migration/ refugee crisis (2015-2019) represent two of the most significant crises of this century. This chapter explores how they have affected the right to healthcare as protected under Danish and international human rights law. The chapter finds that the migration crisis has indirectly led to the introduction of fees for interpretation in healthcare. The amendment marks a shift from a universalist model of healthcare, whereby healthcare is tax financed and typically free at point of purchase, to one plagued by the politics of integration. Separately, in direct response to COVID-19, new possibilities to limit patients' rights to prioritise treating acute patients have been introduced. Following the right to health, healthcare should be available, accessible, acceptable and of good quality. While the right does not encompass an entitlement to free medical interpretation, the introduction of fees for interpretation is deliberately retrogressive contrary to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Meanwhile, the suspension of certain patient rights in response to COVID-19 appears to be framed in a proportionate manner. However, in individual cases, violations may have occurred and these limitations on the right to health are thereby in need of further study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAre Legal Systems Converging or Diverging? : Lessons from Contemporary Crises
EditorsEmilie Ghio, Ricardo Perlingeiro
ISBN (Print)9783031381799
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

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