Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (4):402-414 (2010)

Ben Sachs
University of St. Andrews
Norman Daniels's new book, Just Health, brings together his decades of work on the problem of justice and health. It improves on earlier writings by discussing how we can meet health needs fairly when we cannot meet them all and by attending to the implications of the socioeconomic determinants of health. In this article I return to the core idea around which the entire theory is built: that the principle of equality of opportunity grounds a societal obligation to meet health needs. I point, first, that nowhere does Daniels say just what version of that principle he accepts. I then proceed to construct a principle on his behalf, based on a faithful reading of Just Health. Once we actually nail down the principle, I argue, we will find that there are two problems: it is implausible in itself, and it fails to ground a societal obligation to meet health needs
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What is the Point of Equality?Elizabeth Anderson - 1999 - Ethics 109 (2):287-337.
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Inequality Reexamined.Amartya Sen - 1992 - Oxford University Press UK.
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Real and Alleged Problems for Daniels's Account of Health Justice.J. Paul Kelleher - 2013 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (4):388-399.
The Limits of Fair Equality of Opportunity.Benjamin Sachs - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 160 (2):323-343.
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