- Pages: 353 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199385262
- ISBN-13: 978-0199385263
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by Carina Fourie (Editor), Annette Rid (Editor)
What is a just way of spending public resources for health and health care? Several significant answers to this question are under debate. Public spending could aim to promote greater equality in health, for example, or maximize the health of the population, or provide the worst off with the best possible health. Another approach is to aim for each person to have “enough” so that her health or access to health care does not fall under a critical level. This latter approach is called sufficientarian.
Sufficientarian approaches to distributive justice are intuitively appealing, but require further analysis and assessment. What exactly is sufficiency? Why do we need it? What does it imply for the just distribution of health or healthcare? This volume offers fresh perspectives on these critical questions. Philosophers, bioethicists, health policy-makers, and health economists investigate sufficiency and its application to health and health care in fifteen original contributions.
“How should a country decide how much it should spend on health? Considerations of need, efficiency and justice will be paramount. Yet it is also vital to keep in mind how else those same resources could be spent. These questions often take second-place to political grandstanding, in which medical care becomes an ideologically-charged electoral issue. This excellent collection should help redress the balance, containing bold and highly original contributions from leading health economists, political philosophers, policy makers and bioethicists. The volume concentrates especially on the idea of health sufficiency and its role in health policy. What is ‘sufficient health’ and does justice require that governments supply it? These papers will bring much needed clarity to the general debate about health justice and show the importance of approaching the topic with health sufficiency at the forefront of discussion.”-Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy, University of Oxford
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