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Introduction: Health Inequality and Global Redistributive Justice

Patti Tamara Lenard and Christine Straehle

in Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676682 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646920.003.0001
Introduction: Health Inequality and Global Redistributive Justice

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The introduction outlines the moral dilemmas posed by health inequalities, and examines to what extent inequalities in health pose problems for those concerned with justice in general, and global justice in particular. The demands of global justice have been debated for some time now, and many have argued that any plausible account of global injustice takes its starting point from accounts of wealth inequalities and an analysis of why such inequalities are unjust. In particular the introduction outlines four distinct conceptual questions, and one key empirical question, frame the contributions to this book: 1) What does a possible right to health entail? 2) How does this right connect to discussions of distributive justice? 3) Who bears responsibility for protecting the right to health 4) Whose obligation is it to remedy health inequalities, in particular those that are the product of unjust wealth distribution across borders? 5) Once we have determined the content of the right to health, or of health equality, and the concomitant responsibilities, how can we measure whether a nation scores well or poorly in achieving these objectives?

Keywords: global health equality; inequality; responsibility; global redistributive justice; right to health

Chapter.  4841 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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