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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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Responsibility for Health

Responsibility for Health

(p.100) 6 Responsibility for Health
Health and the Good Society

Alan Cribb (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins by briefly reflecting on some of the different senses of responsibility. It then considers the relationship between specific examples of questions about health responsibilities and the more overarching questions. It is argued that for healthcare ethics, diffused responsibility means combining ethical analysis of policy contexts and institutions with work on individual professionals and citizens. We must examine and find ways of appraising the ethical bases and effects of the social and institutional arrangements which shape the production of health experiences and the distribution of health-related entitlements and obligations. Policy-making has to be evaluated through this lens, and the actions of individuals judged within this context. Each of these layers of appraisal is only relatively autonomous. Overall, the judgements made at each level determine the judgements we make at the others.

Keywords:   healthcare, health responsibility, healthcare entitlement, healthcare ethics, health policy

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