Transparency Trade-Offs: Priority Setting, Scarcity, and Health Fairness

In I. Glenn Cohen, Barbara Evans, Holly Lynch & Carmel Shachar (eds.), Transparency in Health and Health Care. New York: Cambridge UP (2019)
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Govind Persad
University of Denver
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This chapter argues that rather than viewing transparency as a right, we should regard it as a finite resource whose allocation involves tradeoffs. It then argues that those tradeoffs should be resolved by using a multi-principle approach to distributive justice. The relevant principles include maximizing welfare, maximizing autonomy, and giving priority to the worst off. Finally, it examines some of the implications for law of recognizing the tradeoffs presented by transparency proposals.
Keywords transparency  allocation  welfare  autonomy  bioethics  labeling  information  prioritarianism  rights  distributive justice
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