Rights, Reforms, and the Health Care Crisis: Problems and Prospects

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


I am not sure that health care can profitably be discussed in the context of rights. For one thing, it is a term of many and shifting meanings, and thus virtually guarantees some degree of misunderstanding and confusion. For another, the very uttering of “rights” carries tones of ethical seriousness, if not outright superiority, that gives its advocates a substantial and unearned advantage in debate. Contemporary political scientists, as a result, have tended to feel more comfortable with “claims” (cf. [82]). Yet “rights” is what this book is about, and so “rights” must set the terms of the discussion.


Health Care Health Service Research Cost Sharing Health Maintenance Organization Cost Containment 
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  • Thomas Halper
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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