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Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective

Mary Dombeck and Tobie Hittle Olsan

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0012
Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective

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This chapter discusses institutional responsibility regarding resource allocation. It examines the complexities of the US health care system by describing four contexts of health care delivery, their historical background, and the ethical implications of justice. Second, the chapter presents evidence for and examples of disparate health care in different populations. Third, it describes the depersonalising effect of institutions on recipients and providers. Finally, recommendations are made for moral institutional responses to these challenges.

Keywords: institutional responsibility; resource allocation; health care system; health care delivery; justice

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