Justice for Children in Healthcare: An Asymmetric Theory of Responsibility

Dilemata 21:1-20 (2016)
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Healthcare providers face enormous pressure to save healthcare resources where possible. In this paper I explore the response that we should allocate resources fairly. What is a fair allocation of healthcare resources for children? First, I consider the luck egalitarianism approach of limiting resources to adult patients who are responsible for their conditions. A luck egalitarian distribution of healthcare resources to adults faces significant problems in application. I maintain that when we consider these problems with a focus on the just distribution of healthcare resources to children, we gain valuable insights into the fairness of healthcare allocation for adults.



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Charlotte Newey
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