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What is Enough?: Sufficiency, Justice, and Health

Carina Fourie and Annette Rid


What is a just way of spending public resources for health and health care? Several significant answers to this question are under debate. Public spending could aim to promote greater equality in health, for example, or maximize the health of the population, or provide the worst-off with the best possible health. Another approach is to aim for each person to have “enough” so that her health or access to health care does not fall under a critical level. This latter approach is called sufficientarian. Sufficientarian approaches to distributive justice are intuitively appealing, but they require ... More

Keywords: sufficiency, justice, distribution, health, health care, equality

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199385263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carina Fourie, editor
Benjamin Rabinowitz Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Washington, Seattle

Annette Rid, editor
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King's College London

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Carina Fourie and Annette Rid

Part I Groundwork

1 The Sufficiency View

Carina Fourie

Part II The Sufficiency View

6 Essentially Enough

David V. Axelsen and Lasse Nielsen

Part III Sufficiency, Health, and Health Care Justice

9 Disability, Disease, and Health Sufficiency

Sean Aas and David Wasserman

12 Just Caring

Leonard M. Fleck

Part IV Implementing Sufficiency in Health Care Policy and Economics

Chapter 13 Defining Health Care Benefit Packages

Dimitra Panteli and Ewout van Ginneken

15 Applying the Capability Approach in Health Economic Evaluations

Paul Mark Mitchell, Tracy E. Roberts, Pelham M. Barton, and Joanna Coast

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