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#KnowYour27Rights #19 Section 27: The fourth of five basic rights: “Everyone has the right to healthcare services. . .”

HEALTH CARE, FOOD, WATER AND SOCIAL SECURITY

Everyone has the right to health care services, for all their health care needs including reproduction. The citizens of South Africa also have a right to sufficient food and water, along with social security if they are unable to support themselves and their dependents.

 This section of the Constitution, 27, reads as follows:

(1) Everyone has the right to have access to:

(a) health care services, including reproductive health care;

(b) sufficient food and water; and

(c) social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependents, appropriate social assistance.

(2) The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these rights.  

(3) No one may be refused emergency medical treatment.

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