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Just Health
Meeting Health Needs Fairly

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  • In this new book by the award-winning author of Just Healthcare, Norman Daniels develops a comprehensive theory of justice for health that answers three key questions: What is the special moral importance of health? When are health inequalities unjust? How can we meet health needs fairly when we cannot meet them all? The theory has implications for national and global health policy: Can we meet health needs fairly in aging societies? Or protect health in the workplace while respecting individual liberty? Or meet professional obligations and obligations of justice without conflict?

    • Explains what we owe each other by way of protecting our health through medicine, public health, and broader social determinants
    • Addresses practical issues that affect both developed and developing countries, integrating concerns about justice with an interest in global health
    • Guided by author's extensive experience in developed and developing countries in designing ways to assess the fairness of health reform
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    Norman Daniels has long been our preeminent authority on justice and health care. This book not only moves his thought along, but enriches it in a variety of illuminating ways. One could hardly ask for a better examination of the topic. It is revealing and compelling.
    -Daniel Callahan, Director, The Hastings Center

    "...[a] comprehensive study of the role that health should play in social policy, broadly defined to include even the economic and political structures of society...[Just Health] is a major contribution to the field and is likely to prove influential in the near term and beyond."
    -Samuel Y. Sessions, UCLA, New England Journal of Medicine

    "Just Health provides a remarkably broad and deeply engaging treatise of justice and health, which will influence both policy-makers and bioethicists for years to come. The rich empirical and conceptual analysis, along with first-hand policy insights from both national and international contexts covering more than 20 years, is truly impressive."
    -Annette Rid, Bulletin of the World Health Organization

    "...clear and thoughtful analysis...The central truth of [Daniel's] insights—a truth worth considering by the presidential candidates— is that health reform should have the goal of using resources wisely to improve public health."
    -Richard Mathis, Health Affairs

    "Daniels does us a great service by his introduction of an ethical dimension to his discussion of population health and the allocation of resources. His call for action on the social determinants of health to reduce avoidable inequalities in health is very welcome...He sets the terms for the debate."
    -Michael Marmot, Lancet

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511473890
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. A Theory of Justice and Health:
    1. Three questions of justice
    2. What is the special moral importance of health?
    3. When are health inequalities unjust?: the social determinants of health
    4. How can we meet health needs fairly when we can't meet them at all?
    5. What do we owe each other?: implications of an integrated theory
    Part II. Challenges:
    6. Global ageing and intergenerational equality
    7. Consent to workplace risk and health protection
    8. Medical professionalism and the care we should get
    Part III. Uses:
    9. Fairness in health sector reform
    10. Accountability for reasonableness in developing countries: two applications
    11. Reducing health disparities: no simple matter
    12. Priority setting and human rights
    Part IV. A Concluding Challenge:
    13. International health inequalities and global justice.

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    • Social Philosophy
  • Author

    Norman Daniels
    Norman Daniels is Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Populations Health at Harvard School of Public Health. A member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, a Founding Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of the International Society for Equity in Health, he has consulted for organisations, commissions, and governments, including the United Nations, WHO, and the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine, on issues of justice and health policy. Dr Daniels is the author of numerous books. He has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and held a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator's Award as well as a Rockefeller Foundation grant for the international adaptation of benchmarks.

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