Medical Care Recommendation, 1944 (No. 69)
Together with Recommendation No. 67 and Recommendation No. 69 is at the origin of the development of social security in ILO instruments and can be considered the blueprint for comprehensive social security systems. Together, they establish a comprehensive system of income security and medical care protection for each of the nine classical branches of social security in addition to general neediness (called “general want” in 1944), with the objective of relieving want and preventing destitution. Recommendation No. 67 and No. 69 are grounded on the guiding principle of universal coverage following which income security and medical care services should be extended to the population as a whole through a combination of social insurance and social assistance.