Age change, official age and fairness in health

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen*, Thomas Søbirk Petersen

*Corresponding author for this work

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In a recent JME article, Joona Räsänen makes the case for allowing legal age change. We identify three problems with his argument and, on that basis, propose an improved version thereof. Unfortunately, even the improved argument is vulnerable to the objection that chronological age is a better proxy for justice in health than both legal and what we shall call official age.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Pages (from-to)634-635
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • aged
  • distributive justice
  • ethics
  • political philosophy
  • public policy


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