Public Health, Ethics, And Equity

Paperback | February 2, 2006

EditorSudhir Anand, Fabienne Peter, Amartya Sen

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It is widely recognized that health is influenced by a variety of social, economic and environmental factors, and not just by access to health care. The extensive empirical literature on the social determinants of-- and inequalities in-- health has yet to be matched by an appreciation of thenormative underpinnings of health equity.Health equity expresses a commitment of public health to social justice, which raises a series of ethical issues. Why, if at all, should a concern with health equity be singled out from the pursuit of social justice in general? What is the extent of social--as opposed to individual--responsibilityfor health? What ethical problems arise in evaluating population health and health inequalities? How sensitive should the pursuit of health equity be to contextual considerations in contrast to universal values?In addressing these important questions, this volume examines the foundations of health equity. With contributions from distinguished philosophers, anthropologists, economists, and public-health specialists, it centres on five major themes: what is health equity?; health equity and its relation tosocial justice; health inequalities and responsibilities for health; ethical issues in health evaluation and prioritization; and anthropological perspectives on health equity.

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It is widely recognized that health is influenced by a variety of social, economic and environmental factors, and not just by access to health care. The extensive empirical literature on the social determinants of-- and inequalities in-- health has yet to be matched by an appreciation of thenormative underpinnings of health equity.Heal...

Sudhir Anand is Professor of Economics at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford. Fabienne Peter is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate, is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and formerly Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:February 2, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Amartya Sen: PrefaceSudhir Anand and Fabienne Peter: IntroductionI. Health Equity1. Sudhir Anand: The Concern for Equity in Health2. Amartya Sen: Why Health Equity?II. Health, Society, and Justice3. Michael Marmot: Social Causes of Social Inequalities in Health4. Norman Daniels, Bruce Kennedy, and Ichiro Kawachi: Why Justice is Good for Our Health: The Social Determinants of Health Inequalities5. Fabienne Peter: Health Equity and Social JusticeIII. Responsibility for Health and Health Care6. Daniel Wikler: Justice, Socioeconomic Status, and Responsibility for Health7. Thomas Pogge: Relational Conceptions of Justice: Responsibilities for Health Outcomes8. Philippe Van Parijs: Just Health Care in a Plurinational CountryIV. Ethical and Measurement Problems in Health Evaluation9. Sudhir Anand and Kara Hanson: Disability-adjusted Life Years: A Critical Review10. Dan Brock: Ethical Issues in the Use of Cost Effectiveness Analysis for the Prioritization of Health Care Resources11. Frances Kamm: Deciding Whom to Help, Health-Adjusted Life Years, and Disabilities12. John Broome: The Value of Living LongerV. Equity and Conflicting Perspectives on Health Evaluation13. Amartya Sen: Health Achievement and Equity: External and Internal Perspectives14. Arthur Kleinman: Ethics and Experience: An Anthropological Approach to Health Equity15. Vincanne Adams: Equity of the Ineffable: Cultural and Political Constraints on Ethnomedicine as a Health Problem in Contemporary Tibet

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`Public Health, Ethics and Equity is an important step in the process of developing a coherent approach to public health ethics and, especially, to the ethics of equity.'Robert Beaglehole, The Lancet Vol 365