Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy

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Oxford University Press, Sep 25, 2008 - Philosophy - 248 pages
In bioethics, discussions of justice have tended to focus on questions of fairness in access to health care: is there a right to medical treatment, and how should priorities be set when medical resources are scarce. But health care is only one of many factors that determine the extent to which people live healthy lives, and fairness is not the only consideration in determining whether a health policy is just. In this pathbreaking book, senior bioethicists Powers and Faden confront foundational issues about health and justice.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Job of Justice
3
Chapter 2 Justice and WellBeing
15
Chapter 3 Justice Sufficiency and Systematic Disadvantage
50
Chapter 4 Social Justice and Public Health
80
Chapter 5 Medical Care and Insurance Markets
100
Chapter 6 Setting Priorities
142
Chapter 7 Justice Democracy and Social Values
178
Chapter 8 Facts and Theory
191
References
197
Author Index
219
Subject Index
223
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Madison Powers is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Ruth Faden is Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics, and Director, Berman Bioethics Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

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