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<i>The Distribution of Health and Healthcare</i>

Alan Cribb

in Health and the Good Society

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199242733
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242739.003.0005

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

 							The Distribution of Health and Healthcare

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The most important ethical implication of the diffusion of the health agenda is the growth in salience of health inequalities. Taking a broad social perspective on health opens up the consideration of patterns of determinants and patterns of health experiences. This chapter addresses the following issues: (i) What they might entail in practice, in other words: ‘What would a more equal health polity have to aim at?’ and (ii) How far should health or public policy be led by a concern with equity where this comes into conflict with other relevant values? The first part of the chapter sets out the rationale for thinking that health inequalities are ethically important. The chapter later places more emphasis on the problems of interpreting the implications of this ethical significance.

Keywords: health inequalities; health agenda; healthcare; health policy

Chapter.  8395 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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