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Library of Public Policy and Public Administration

Achieving Justice in the U.S. Healthcare System

Mercy is Sustainable; the Insatiable Thirst for Profit is Not

Authors: Dyck, Arthur J.

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  • Provides ethical arguments for changing the United States Healthcare System
  • Sounds an alarm about the sustainability of the current system and the need for mercy
  • ​Only book dealing with both the ethical and the public health side at the same time
  • Brings to light unjust practices and policies
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This book focuses on justice and its demands in the way of providing people with medical care. Building on recent insights on the nature of moral perceptions and motivations from the neurosciences, it makes a case for the traditional medical ethic and examines its financial feasibility. The book starts out by giving an account of the concept of justice and tracing it back to the practices and tenets of Hippocrates and his followers, while taking into account findings from the neurosciences. Next, it considers whether the claim that it is just to limit medical care for everyone to some basic minimum is justifiable. The book then addresses finances and expenditures of the US health care system and shows that the growth of expenditures and the percentage of the gross national product spent on health care make for an unsustainable trajectory. In light of the question what should be changed, the book suggests that overdiagnosis and medicalizing normal behavior lead to harmful, costly and unnecessary interventions and are the result of unethical behavior on the part of the pharmaceutical industry and extensive ethical failures of the FDA. The book ends with suggestions about what can be done to put the U.S. health care system on the path to sustainability, better medical care, and compliance with the demands of justice.

About the authors

Arthur J. Dyck is Mary B. Saltonstall Professor Emeritus of Population Ethics in the School of Public Health, and a member of the Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University.  He has written extensively on bioethics and the fundamental value of the availability of health care for all people.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21706-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Achieving Justice in the U.S. Healthcare System
Book Subtitle
Mercy is Sustainable; the Insatiable Thirst for Profit is Not
Authors
Series Title
Library of Public Policy and Public Administration
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21707-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21707-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21706-8
Series ISSN
1566-7669
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 212
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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