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The Rhetoric of Rights and Justice in Health Care

  • Thomas J. BoleIII
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 38)

Abstract

Discussions of contemporary health care policy are replete with claims about justice or equity in health care allocations and rights to treatment. In 1983 the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research spoke of society’s “moral obligation” to ensure every citizen adequate health care without excessive burden, and concluded that government should meet this obligation ([14], pp.22, 30–32). In 1990 the American College of Physicians urged that “[a]ll Americans should be able to obtain appropriate health care services”, and that there should be a national policy to develop the health insurance coverage to “minimize financial barriers and assure access” to those services ([2], p. 658).

Keywords

Health Care Common Good Moral Authority Rawlsian Theory Private Charity 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. BoleIII
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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