David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Public Health Ethics 3 (3):267-271 (2010)
If ‘community’ is the answer, what is the problem? While questions undoubtedly arise in allocating resources to public health, such as ‘how much?’ and ‘to whom?’, we already have answers based on (i) the observation that disease and illness are bad, (ii) views of justice and fairness and (iii) an appreciation of market failure. What does the concept of community add to the existing answers? Not nothing, I shall argue, but not much either. In some cases, health providers should take advantage of ties of community to deliver services more effectively. The desire to preserve communities may have some minor implications for devolved health care funding. The value of community may set some limits to inequalities in access to health care. That’s about it. I do consider some other claims of behalf of the concept, e.g. that people would not support justice in health care without a sense of community; but I don’t find these claims very plausible. Finally, I point out some ways in which communities can be damaged by the promotion of public health understood as population health
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Dan E. Beauchamp (1985). Community: The Neglected Tradition of Public Health. Hastings Center Report 15 (6):28-36.
Citations of this work BETA
D. Hunter & J. Leveridge (2011). The Concept of Community in Bioethics. Public Health Ethics 4 (1):12-13.
Similar books and articles
Lorian E. Hardcastle, Katherine L. Record, Peter D. Jacobson & Lawrence O. Gostin (2011). Improving the Population's Health: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Integration. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 39 (3):317-327.
Holly A. Taylor & Maria W. Merritt (2012). Provision of Community-Wide Benefits in Public Health Intervention Research: The Experience of Investigators Conducting Research in the Community Setting in South Asia. Developing World Bioethics 12 (3):157-163.
Elliot N. Dorff (1997). Paying for Medical Care: A Jewish View. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 7 (1):15-30.
Benjamin Sachs (2008). The Liberty Principle and Universal Health Care. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 18 (2):pp. 149-172.
Søren Holm (1995). "Socialized Medicine", Resource Allocation and Two-Tiered Health Care – the Danish Experience. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (6):631-637.
Peter A. Ubel (1999). The Challenge of Measuring Community Values in Ways Appropriate for Setting Health Care Priorities. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 9 (3):263-284.
Jonny Anomaly (2011). Public Health and Public Goods. Public Health Ethics 4 (3):251-259.
Madison Powers & Ruth Faden (2008). Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy. Oup Usa.
Christoph Benn & Adnan A. Hyder (2002). Equity and Resource Allocation in Health Care: Dialogue Between Islam and Christianity. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (2):181-189.
Andrew Papanikitas (2013). Medical Ethics and Sociology. Elsevier/Mosby.
Betty Dee Makani-Lim & Felix Chan Lim (2007). Corporate Responsibility as a Strategic Element in the Systemic Approach to Sustainable Community Health Care. International Corporate Responsibility Series 3:145-172.
Robert A. Pearlman (1992). An Ethical Framework for Rationing Health Care. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (1):79-96.
A. Vilhelmsson, T. Svensson & A. Meeuwisse (2011). Mental Ill Health, Public Health and Medicalization. Public Health Ethics 4 (3):207-217.
Added to index2010-11-04
Total downloads24 ( #84,454 of 1,689,902 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #111,640 of 1,689,902 )
How can I increase my downloads?