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The Right to Health Care in a Capitalistic Democracy

  • Tom L. Beauchamp
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 38)

Abstract

Although many societies proclaim the equal worth of all persons and back that proclamation with guarantees of equal justice and rights, large economic disparities persist between individuals and across nations. Twelve percent of the gross national product and over $2,000 per person is spent annually for health care in the United States. Physicians have doubled their incomes since 1973. Yet the poor and uninsured often cannot afford minimally adequate health care. Many of us are therefore perplexed, or at least confused, about the right to health care and about our obligations to insure access to or funding for some level of care for all persons.

Keywords

Health Care Provide Health Care Social Investment Adequate Health Care Fair Opportunity 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom L. Beauchamp
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.USA

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