Comments on Barbara Starfield’s ‘Child Health and Public Policy’

  • Stuart F. Spicker
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 33)


In her review of the health status and plight of children in the United States during the past few years, Barbara Starfield has focused on our nation’s allocation of material resources to the care of sick children. She understands care to be the access to and the ministration of medical treatment, and the prevention of various physical and mental maladies regarding which children are at serious risk. Hence Starfield has tallied essential facts that reflect the extent of our nation’s commitment to the care of sick children. She draws conclusions from her data like: “… children who clearly need more services because of their increased health problems are at a marked disadvantage in receiving them if public policy does not provide the means to help them” ([9], p. 6); furthermore, “It seems only fair that society now consider a major public policy initiative for children” ([9], p. 8).


Sick Child Defense Budget Increase Health Problem Health Service Fund American Health Care System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart F. Spicker
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  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmington

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