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Why health-related inequalities matter and which ones do

Voorhoeve, Alex (2018) Why health-related inequalities matter and which ones do. In: Norheim, Ole Frithjof and Emanuel, Ezekiel and Millum, Joseph, (eds.) Global Health Priority-Setting: Beyond Cost-Effectiveness. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (In Press)

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Abstract

I outline and defend two egalitarian theories, which yield distinctive and, I argue, complementary answers to why health-related inequalities matter: a brute luck egalitarian view, according to which inequalities due to unchosen, differential luck are bad because unfair, and a social egalitarian view, according to which inequalities are bad when and because they undermine people’s status as equal citizens. These views identify different objects of egalitarian concern: the brute luck egalitarian view directs attention to healthrelated well-being, while social egalitarianism focuses on health-related capabilities that are central to a person’s status as a citizen. I argue that both views are correct and should jointly guide priority-setting in health.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2018 Oxford University Press
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 08:51
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 08:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85731

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