Conceiving the Health Commons

Operationalizing a 'Right' to Health

in Social Analysis
Sandy Smith-Nonini University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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In a perusal of literature on ‘the commons’, it is striking how rarely medicine and health services are mentioned as potential commons. Nor is the concept of the commons discussed in medical and health journals, where database searches turn up only the odd article using the term in a title or abstract. This essay evolved as an inquiry into what benefit might be gained from conceiving of a health commons.

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