Individual and Social Responsibility for Health
A range of policies in the US and abroad attempt to assign individual responsibility for health, sometimes sanctioning failure to take individual responsibility, sometimes assigning accountability for responsibility in other ways. This chapter argues that the primary responsibility for health and health care is social, but that health promotion requires we find room for a reasonable notion of individual responsibility and provide incentives for it. This means rejecting the view that ‘You broke it, you own it’, but allowing for shared responsibility for health. Oddly, a luck egalitarian view that emphasizes individual responsibility seems to offer little support for incentives to promote healthy behaviours.
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