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Just Health
Meeting Health Needs Fairly

  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699983


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  • In this 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? Daniels' theory has implications for national and global health policy: can we meet health needs fairly in ageing societies? Or protect health in the workplace while respecting individual liberty? Or meet professional obligations and obligations of justice without conflict? When is an effort to reduce health disparities, or to set priorities in realising a human right to health, fair? What do richer, healthier societies owe poorer, sicker societies? Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly explores the many ways that social justice is good for the health of populations in developed and developing countries.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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.' The Lancet

    '… Daniels' work is one of the most complete attempts to date to provide an integrated theory for promoting health and distributing it fairly … this book makes compelling reading for anyone concerned about the need to address the growing demands for global justice regarding health care.' Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699983
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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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