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Health and Social Justice

Jennifer Prah Ruger


Envision a society in which all people have the ability to achieve the central health capabilities of avoiding premature death and escapable morbidity, and where everyone has comprehensive health insurance and access to high‐quality health care. This vision is the animating principle behind the health capability paradigm, a unique new approach where not just health care, or the right to health alone, but health and the capability for health itself are moral imperatives. Ruger has been developing this health capability paradigm for over 15 years. Her innovative approach bridges the gaps at the ... More

Keywords: health capability, human flourishing, Capability Approach, health agency, health functionings, public moral norms, shared health governance, incompletely theorized agreements, public health, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Prah Ruger, author
Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health
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