Justice and Health Care: Selected Essays by Allen BuchananJustice and Health Care: Selected Essays by Allen Buchanan

Justice and Health Care: Selected Essays

byAllen Buchanan

Hardcover | November 19, 2009

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In this volume Allen Buchanan collects ten of his most influential essays on justice and healthcare and connects the concerns of bioethicists with those of political philosophers, focusing not just on the question of which principles of justice in healthcare ought to be implemented, but alsoon the question of the legitimacy of institutions through which they are implemented. With an emphasis on the institutional implementation of justice in healthcare, Buchanan pays special attention to the relationship between moral commitments and incentives. The volume begins with an exploration of the difficulties of specifying the content of the right to healthcare and of identifying those agents and institutions that are obligated to help ensure that the right thus specified is realized, and then progresses to an examination of the problems thatarise in attempts to implement the right through appropriate institutions. In the last two essays Buchanan pursues the central issues of justice in healthcare at the global level, exploring the idea of healthcare as a human right and the problem of assigning responsibilities for ameliorating globalhealth disparities. Taken together, the essays provide a unique and consistent position on a wide range of issues, including conflicts of interest in clinical practice and the claims of medical professionalism, the nature and justification for the right to health care, the relationship between responsibility forhealthcare and the nature of the healthcare system, and the problem of global health disparities. The result is an approach to justice in healthcare that will facilitate more productive interaction between the normative analysis of philosophers and the policy work of economists, lawyers, andpolitical scientists.
Allen Buchanan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.
Title:Justice and Health Care: Selected EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195394062

ISBN - 13:9780195394061

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Right to a 'Decent Minimum' of Health Care2. Health Care Delivery and Resource Allocation3. Private and Public Responsibilities in the U.S. Health Care System4. Ethical Issues in For-Profit Health Care (with Dan W. Brock)5. Privatization and Just Health Care6. Managed Care: Rationing Without Justice But Not Unjustly7. Trust in Managed Care Organizations8. Is There a Medical Profession in the House?9. Specifying the Content of the Human Right to Health Care (with Kristen Hessler)10. Responsibility for Global Health (with Matthew Decamp)

Editorial Reviews

"A diverse audience will be well served by reading this important, timely, and approachable book. Buchanan's selected essays provide an original, rich, and careful examination of the requirements for a just health care system." --Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics