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Health and the Good SocietySetting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context$
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Alan Cribb

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199242739.001.0001

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The Distribution of Health and Healthcare

The Distribution of Health and Healthcare

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Health and the Good Society

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The most important ethical implication of the diffusion of the health agenda is the growth in salience of health inequalities. Taking a broad social perspective on health opens up the consideration of patterns of determinants and patterns of health experiences. This chapter addresses the following issues: (i) What they might entail in practice, in other words: ‘What would a more equal health polity have to aim at?’ and (ii) How far should health or public policy be led by a concern with equity where this comes into conflict with other relevant values? The first part of the chapter sets out the rationale for thinking that health inequalities are ethically important. The chapter later places more emphasis on the problems of interpreting the implications of this ethical significance.

Keywords:   health inequalities, health agenda, healthcare, health policy

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