The Pillar sets out a general right of access to good quality preventive health care and medical treatment. It goes beyond Article 35 of the Charter in that it requires timely access to healthcare and stipulates that it should be affordable and of good quality.
Timely access means that everyone is able to access healthcare whenever they need it. The realisation of the Principle requires a balanced geographical location of health care facilities and health professionals, as well as policies to minimise long waiting periods.
Affordable health care means that people should not be prevented from using needed care because of the cost.
The provision of the Pillar on healthcare includes the right to healthcare of good quality, meaning that healthcare should be relevant, appropriate, safe and effective.
Finally, preventive and curative healthcare means access to medical treatment and public health services, including health promotion and disease prevention.