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Social Justice 9780195189261

Social Justice | 1st Edition

The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy

ISBN-10: 0195189264
ISBN-13: 9780195189261
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PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: In bioethics, discussions of justice have tended to focus on questions of fairness in access to health care: is there a right to medical treatment, and how should priorities be set when medical resources are scarce. But health care is only one of many factors that determine the extent to whichpeople live healthy lives, and fairness is not the only consideration in determining whether a health policy is just. In this pathbreaking book, senior bioethicists Powers and Faden confront foundational issues about health and justice. How much inequality in health can a just society tolerate? In aworld filled with inequalities in health and well-being, which inequalities matter most and are the most morally urgent to address? In order to answer these questions, Powers and Faden develop a unique theory of social justice that, while developed for the specific contexts of public health andhealth policy, applies equally well to other realms of social policy including education and economic development. The book includes a careful comparison of Powers' and Fadens' approach to social justice with those of other theorists, including notably Rawls, Sen and Nussbaum. With their eyes firmlyfixed on the injustices of this world and what is known about their causal determinants, Powers and Faden place a six dimensional theory of well-being at the heart of their theory of justice. They then explore the implications of this theory for public health, the medical market place, and thesetting of priorities in health policy. In the process, they arrive at arresting conclusion about the moral foundations of public health, childhood, the relevance of social groups to questions of justice, and the proper role for economic analysis in social policy. The audience for the book isscholars and students of bioethics and moral and political philosophy, as well as anyone interested in public health and health policy.

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CATEGORY: Law, Medical, Social Science
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