Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 473–475 | Cite as

What Is Enough? Sufficiency, Justice, and Health

Carina Fourie and Annette Rid, eds, 2017, Oxford University Press (New York, NY, 978-0-19-938526-3, 336 pp.)
  • Polly MitchellEmail author
Book Review


Carina Fourie and Annette Rid’s edited volume What Is Enough? Sufficiency, Justice, and Health comprises fifteen original contributions which explore the possibility of a sufficientarian approach to healthcare priority setting and resource allocation. Sufficientarianism is a well-established theory of distributive justice, which tells us that justice requires that each person has “enough,” and assigns particular importance to a threshold level of goods under which no person must fall. Sufficiency is under-explored as a distributive principle in the healthcare context, and this book makes a strong case for its inclusion among more familiar principles of justice such as utility, priority to the worst off, and equality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Communication & SocietyKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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