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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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Sufficiency, Health, and Health Care Justice

Sufficiency, Health, and Health Care Justice

The State of the Debate

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What is Enough?

Annette Rid

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the existing sufficientarian approaches to health or health care justice, as well as concepts or practices in health policy that seem to be committed to the idea of ensuring “enough” health or health care. Sufficientarian approaches are those that attribute moral significance to achieving a threshold level of a currency of justice—for example, resources, welfare or capabilities—that is deemed appropriate. Although few scholars have begun specifying the significant elements of a sufficiency view in relation to health and health care, sufficientarian ideas play a role in the work of numerous other authors’ writing on justice and health. The chapter shows that concepts or practices in health policy—notably, the moral right to an adequate level of health services and two-tiered health systems—resonate with sufficientarian ideas, although they are not necessarily linked to the sufficiency view.

Keywords:   sufficiency, distributive justice, health justice, health care justice, right to health, decent minimum of health care, two-tiered health systems

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