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A framework for luck egalitarianism in health and healthcare

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  • Andreas Albertsen
  • Carl Knight, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Department of Politics, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park
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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • luck egalitarianism, health, health care, andreas albertsen, luck egalitarianism in health, personal responsibility, personal responsibility in health, Carl Knight, Shlomi Segall

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