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Scriptural Mandate

20 Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21 for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well." 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. (Matthew 9:20-22)

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United Methodist Book of Discipline

Health care is a condition of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing ... Health care is a basic human right.

Providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and government owes to all, a responsibility government ignores at its peril. In Ezekiel 34:4a, God points out the failures of the leadership of Israel to care for the weak: “You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured.” As a result, all suffer.

We believe it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care. (Social Principles, ¶ 162 V)


We United Methodists are called to a ministry of healing. We must continue to support direct health services where needed and to continue to provide, as we are able, such services in hospitals and homes, clinics and health centers. We have a responsibility to support public policies and programs that will ensure comprehensive health care services of high quality to all persons on the principle of equal access. (Petition on Health Care Delivery, October 1979)

Within a just society every person has the right to:

  1. Basic health services that are accessible and affordable in each geographic and cultural setting
  2. An environment that promotes health
  3. Involvement in the formulation of health care activities that meet local needs and priorities
  4. Information about his or her illness and to be an active participant in treatment and rehabilitation
  5. Receive compassionate and skilled care
  6. A health care system sensitive to cultural needs
  7. Access to funding sources when necessary for basic health services and to basic preventative health care services, rejecting dual standards of care based on ability to pay. (Health & Wholeness, April 1983)

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