Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (2):193 – 209 (2001)
|Abstract||Children around the world suffer from poor health outcomes due to a lack of basic health and dental care, even in affluent countries. Yet duties exist to provide children these services when a society can afford to do so based on the importance of promoting (a) social utility, (b) autonomy and equality of opportunity, (c) children's well-being or best interest due to their vulnerability, and (d) compassion, sympathy, empathy and solidarity. In addition, (e) these considerations show that, in general, if competent adults should have access to federal- or state-funded health care goods, services, or benefits, then so should children. This argument has limitations; nonetheless, it can help identify systematic biases against children in federal- or state-supported health care programs and gain children access to better basic health and dental care.|
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