The Right to Health Care: Reflections on Its History and Politics

  • Theodore R. Marmor
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 38)


The right to medical care, in the most egalitarian expression, means equal access to equivalent medical services [17]. In this formulation the distribution of services should vary solely with the degree of sickness. Other socio-economic factors — wealth, race, geographical location, etc. — Ought not prevent the same response to similar medical conditions. Treating similarly ill persons similarly does not mean that all illnesses Will be treated. Rather, the egalitarian criterion requires that rationing of Access — tight or losse — be made by category of ailment, not by the social Class of the ill.


Welfare State National Health Insurance Medicare Program American Medicine Social Insurance Program 
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  • Theodore R. Marmor
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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