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[Comment] Health rights are the bridge between law and health

20:43 EDT 30 Apr 2019 | The Lancet

The Lancet–O'Neill Institute Commission on Global Health and Law1 is a welcome attempt to bridge the divide between the health and legal professions.2 The Commission's report1 shows the ubiquity of law and its contribution to health and health care. It is an exhaustive compilation that positions law as a legal determinant of health. The Commission aims to increase health workforce awareness of law by demonstrating the extent to which they already function within legal parameters. The corollary of such an understanding, and we anticipate the ultimate purpose of the Commission, is to promote engagement of the health profession and the global health community in shaping legal determinants of health.

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