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<i>Responsibility for Health</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/10.1093/0199242739.003.0006

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

 							Responsibility for Health

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This chapter begins by briefly reflecting on some of the different senses of responsibility. It then considers the relationship between specific examples of questions about health responsibilities and the more overarching questions. It is argued that for healthcare ethics, diffused responsibility means combining ethical analysis of policy contexts and institutions with work on individual professionals and citizens. We must examine and find ways of appraising the ethical bases and effects of the social and institutional arrangements which shape the production of health experiences and the distribution of health-related entitlements and obligations. Policy-making has to be evaluated through this lens, and the actions of individuals judged within this context. Each of these layers of appraisal is only relatively autonomous. Overall, the judgements made at each level determine the judgements we make at the others.

Keywords: healthcare; health responsibility; healthcare entitlement; healthcare ethics; health policy

Chapter.  9027 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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