Social Justice and Solidarity

  • Eugenijus Gefenas
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 8)


It would not be an exaggeration to say that social justice and just distribution of health care resources is probably the most fundamental issue in bioethics. The perspectives on social justice shape the model of the health care system, which a particular country aims to establish. These perspectives also determine, for example, the line between health care measures freely available for the whole population and those which have to be purchased privately. The kind of health care resources distribution also provides the context for the interpretation of different ethical dilemmas, such as the tension between autonomy and paternalism or providing and withdrawing extraordinary health care interventions. What is regarded as extraordinary treatment in Lithuania could be an ordinary procedure in the Netherlands, simply due to a huge difference in the health care resources available.


Social Justice Distributive Justice Health Care Resource Moral Ideal Gross National Product 
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