Justice and the Elderly

Dennis Mckerlie

in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199562411
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Justice and the Elderly

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Ethical concerns about the elderly are usually treated as a matter of justice. This is partly explained by the special status of the elderly in almost all economically developed societies. Public pension systems provide them with financial support, and publicly funded health care programs help to meet their health care needs. Those who are now old will have contributed to these institutions when they were younger, but it remains true that the elderly receive a degree of support from public institutions that the members of other age-groups typically do not receive. This institutional background naturally raises questions about distributive justice. Are the elderly receiving less, or more, than their fair share of health resources and economic wealth?

Keywords: public pension system; elderly; health care programs; health care needs; financial support; public institutions

Article.  9824 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Moral Philosophy

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