At the same time that we oppose any form of socialism we have to assure that all human persons have access to medical care. As Benedict XVIrecently taught, "Health is a precious good for the person and the community to be promoted, preserved and protected, dedicating the necessary means, resources and energy in order that more and more people may benefit from it. ... It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels to ensure that the right to health care is rendered effective by furthering access to basic health care." (Message of Benedict XVI, to the participants in the 25thInternational Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, November 15th 2010
It is not easy to establish a health system that on the one hand prevents socialism and state ownership of the health care system, and on the other hand provides all human persons basic health care. Here we have a challenge for human creativity. This human creativity should be rooted in natural law and in Revelation, but at the same time should be capable of properly utilizing morally good technology.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
Interim President, Human Life International