A framework for luck egalitarianism in health and healthcare

Albertsen, A. and Knight, C. (2015) A framework for luck egalitarianism in health and healthcare. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40(2), pp. 165-169. (doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101666) (PMID:24505116)

Albertsen, A. and Knight, C. (2015) A framework for luck egalitarianism in health and healthcare. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40(2), pp. 165-169. (doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101666) (PMID:24505116)

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Abstract

Several attempts have been made to apply the choice-sensitive theory of distributive justice, luck egalitarianism, in the context of health and healthcare. This article presents a framework for this discussion by highlighting different normative decisions to be made in such an application, some of the objections to which luck egalitarians must provide answers and some of the practical implications associated with applying such an approach in the real world. It is argued that luck egalitarians should address distributions of health rather than healthcare, endorse an integrationist theory that combines health concerns with general distributive concerns and be pluralist in their approach. It further suggests that choice-sensitive policies need not be the result of applying luck egalitarianism in this context.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Albertsen, Mr Andreas and Knight, Dr Carl
Authors: Albertsen, A., and Knight, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Medical Ethics
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0306-6800
ISSN (Online):1473-4257
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Medical Ethics 40(2):165-169
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
537621Global distributive justiceCarl KnightBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)pf100118COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES ADMIN
537623Global distributive justiceCarl KnightBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)pf100118COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES ADMIN