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International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Efficiency, Justice and Care

Philosophical Reflections on Scarcity in Health Care

Authors: Denier, Yvonne

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What does just health care imply? Does it mean that people have a right to health care? Does it entail that there are rights-based social obligations to provide equal access to health care for everyone? And if so, why? Why are health care interests so important that they deserve special protection? What kind of social good is health care? What are its functions and do these make it different from other commodities? Furthermore, how much equality should there be in health care? What inequalities are morally acceptable and how should the burdens of achieving equality be distributed? Which matters of health care belong to the domain of justice, and which to the domain of charity? To what extent should we allow personal responsibility to play a role in allocating health care services and resources, or in distributing the costs? And what does justice require with regard to long-term care for the chronically ill and irreversibly dependent?

Since the 90’s, issues of scarcity, priority setting, and rationing lie at the centre of most current debates on health care. These are pressing issues: one way or another, limits have to be set. As such, the question of what is involved in just health care becomes much more complex. This complexity can be represented as an inconsistent triad, a set of three propositions of which any two are compatible but which together form a contradiction. In the case of health care, the three rival values are: social efficiency, justice, and decent-quality care. It seems to be that we can have any two but not all three. Essentially, the central question is the following: how best to square the proverbial welfare circle. How can resources be matched to needs, or needs to resources in socially acceptable and economically feasible ways?

This book attempts to answer the question how health care can be incorporated into a comprehensive theory of justice, while realising an acceptable balance between efficiency, justice and care.

‘…I find it (the book) to be uncommonly good. The author very carefully analyzes key philosophical positions as they have been applied in this area; the research is very thorough, the writing is clear and engaging. This book could well be used in just about any university course dealing with public health care.’                           Professor David Novak, University of Toronto, Canada

One of the most interesting books I have read in a long time…a very extensive overview of some prominent modern theories of justice and their application to resource distribution in health care. Based on this it raises a number of new and original questions, some of which also receive original and convincing answers.’  Professor Søren Holm, Cardiff Law School, United Kingdom

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‘…I find it (the book) to be uncommonly good. The author very carefully analyzes key philosophical positions as they have been applied in this area; the research is very thorough, the writing is clear and engaging. This book could well be used in just about any university course dealing with public health care.’ Professor David Novak, University of Toronto, Canada

One of the most interesting books I have read in a long time …a very extensive overview of some prominent modern theories of justice and their application to resource distribution in health care. Based on this it raises a number of new and original questions, some of which also receive original and convincing answers.’ Professor Søren Holm, Cardiff Law School, UK


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Just Health Care: Core Issues

    Denier, Yvonne

    Pages 7-32

  • Scarcity, Finitude and the Normative Value of Health

    Denier, Yvonne

    Pages 33-97

  • Justice as Fairness: John Rawls

    Denier, Yvonne

    Pages 103-151

    Preview Buy Chapter 30,19 €
  • Nussbaum's Approach: A Non-Contractarian Account of Care

    Denier, Yvonne

    Pages 153-206

  • Setting Limits: Dworkin's Proposal

    Denier, Yvonne

    Pages 207-259

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Hardcover 176,79 €
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Softcover 176,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Efficiency, Justice and Care
Book Subtitle
Philosophical Reflections on Scarcity in Health Care
Authors
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5214-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5214-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5213-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7311-2
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 304
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