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What is Enough?Sufficiency, Justice, and Health$
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Carina Fourie and Annette Rid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199385263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385263.001.0001

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Determining a Basic Minimum of Accessible Health Care

Determining a Basic Minimum of Accessible Health Care

A Comparative Assessment of the Well-Being Sufficiency Approach

(p.205) 11 Determining a Basic Minimum of Accessible Health Care
What is Enough?

Paul T. Menzel

Oxford University Press

Any theory of justice that features sufficiency of well-being would seem to be conceptually structured to generate naturally some of the content of the basic minimum of health care to which people have a moral right. This capacity is accentuated if health is a separate, distinct dimension of well-being that must be satisfied at its own level of sufficiency. Some nonsufficiency-oriented principles of justice and fairness that clearly ground a right to health care, however, just as readily generate content for the basic minimum. A foundation for the right to health care in sufficiency of well-being is therefore of no necessary advantage in delineating the content of the basic minimum. Much more important for discerning the content of the minimum than the sufficiency/nonsufficiency difference in foundations for the right to health care are the cultural, political, and practical contexts in which those foundations are placed and the right develops.

Keywords:   right to health care, basic minimum, sufficiency of well-being, Powers and Faden, age-related priorities

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