Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation / Edition 1

Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation / Edition 1

by Leonard M. Fleck
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0195128044

ISBN-13: 9780195128048

Pub. Date: 03/30/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What does it mean to be a "just" and "caring" society when we have only limited resources to meet unlimited health care needs? Do we believe that all lives are of equal value? Is human life priceless? Should a "just" and "caring" society refuse to put limits on health care spending?

In Just Caring, Leonard Fleck reflects

Overview

What does it mean to be a "just" and "caring" society when we have only limited resources to meet unlimited health care needs? Do we believe that all lives are of equal value? Is human life priceless? Should a "just" and "caring" society refuse to put limits on health care spending?

In Just Caring, Leonard Fleck reflects on the central moral and political challenges of health reform today. He cites the millions of Americans who go without health insurance, thousands of whom die prematurely, unable to afford the health care needed to save their lives. Fleck considers these deaths as contrary to our deepest social values, and makes a case for the necessity of health care rationing decisions. The core argument of this book is that no one has a moral right to impose rationing decisions on others if they are unwilling to impose those same rationing decisions on themselves in the same medical circumstances. Fleck argues we can make health care rationing fair, in ways that are mutually respectful, if we engage in honest rational democratic deliberation. Such civic engagement is rare in our society, but the alternative is endless destructive social controversy that is neither just nor caring.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195128048
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 3.90(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >