Rights to Health Care / Edition 1by Thomas J. Bole III, W.B. Bondeson, Thomas Bole
Pub. Date: 01/01/1991
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Human existence is marked by pain, limitation, disability, disease, suffering, and death. These facts of life and of death give ample grounds for characterizing much of the human condition as unfortunate. A core philosophical question is whether the circumstances are in addition unfair or unjust in the sense of justifying claims on the resources, time, and abilities of others. The temptation to use the languages of rights and of justice is und- standable. Faced with pain, disability, and death, it seems natural to complain that "someone should do something", "this is unfair", or "it just isn't fight that people should suffer this way". Yet it is one thing to complain about the unfairness of another's actions, and another thing to complain about the unfairness of biological or physical processes. If no one is to blame for one's illness, disability, or death, in what sense are one's unfortunate circumstances unfair or unjust? How can claims against others for aid and support arise if no one has caused the unfortunate state of affairs? To justify the languages of fights to health care or justice in health care requires showing why particular unfortunate circumstances are also unfair, in the sense of demanding the labors of others. It requires understanding as well the limits of property claims. After all, claims regarding justice in health care or about fights to health care limit the property fights of those whose resources will be used to provide care.
Table of ContentsThe Rhetoric of Rights and Justice in Health Care.- The Rhetoric of Rights and Justice in Health Care.- Rights to Health Care: The Development of the Concept.- The Right to Health Care: Reflections on Its History and Politics.- The Right to Health Care: Presentation and Critique.- The Right to Health Care in a Capitalistic Democracy.- Justice and the Right to Health Care: An Egalitarian Account.- Rights to Health Care: Created, Not Discovered.- Why the Right to Health Care is Not a Useful Concept for Policy Debates.- A Qualified Right to Health Care: Toward a Notion of a Decent Minimum.- Rights, Reforms, and the Health Care Crisis: Problems and Prospects.- Rights, Obligations, and the Special Importance of Health Care.- Access to Health Care: Charity and Rights.- Equality, Free Markets, and the Elderly.- Equal Opportunity and Health Care Rights for the Elderly.- Free Markets, Consumer Choice, and the Poor: Some Reasons for Caution.- My Right to Care for my Health And What About the Needy and the Elderly?.- Health Care as a Commodity.- Should Medicine be a Commodity? An Economist’s Perspective.- The Profit Motive in Kant and Hegel.- Virtue for Hire: Some Reflections on Free Choice and the Profit Motive in the Delivery of Health Care.- Rights, Public Policy, and the State.
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