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Medicine and Social JusticeEssays on the Distribution of Health Care$
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Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret Battin, and Anita Silvers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744206.001.0001

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Justice Pluralism

Justice Pluralism

Resource Allocation in Medicine and Public Health1

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Medicine and Social Justice

Rosamond Rhodes

Oxford University Press

This chapter rejects a single conception of justice as the way to make decisions about resource allocation in medicine and public health, and instead argues that there are several different theories of justice offering legitimate distributive principles and thus may be invoked to resolve questions about allocating health care. The chapter first reviews prominent conceptions of justice such as utilitarianism, John Rawls’s theory of justice, Norman Daniels’s argument about fair equality of opportunity, and prioritarianism. It then considers medical models for resource distribution, including the triage approach for responding to medical emergencies. It also discusses challenges to the prevailing conceptions of justice and highlights lessons that can be learned from Rawls. Finally, it analyzes public health decisions in the aftermath of 9/11, focusing on the anthrax attacks of 2001, the flu vaccine shortage of 2004, and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Keywords:   justice, resource allocation, medicine, public health, health care, John Rawls, medical emergencies, anthrax, flu vaccine, Hurricane Katrina

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