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The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance$
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Alex Rajczi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190946838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190946838.001.0001

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The Ethical Issues Raised in Health Care Debates

The Ethical Issues Raised in Health Care Debates

(p.54) Chapter Two The Ethical Issues Raised in Health Care Debates
The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance

Alex Rajczi

Oxford University Press

This book will ask whether universal health insurance systems are objectionable on the ground that they are inefficacious, fiscally risky, or require that individuals bear excessive personal costs. These issues are of serious philosophical interest, but there is also substantial evidence that opinions about fiscal risk, efficacy, and personal cost drive many Americans’ actual views on health care. This chapter surveys the polling data about these issues. The end of the chapter discusses the limitations of this evidence as well as alternative hypotheses about the drivers of the health care debate.

Keywords:   universal health insurance, inefficient, fiscal risk, personal cost, public opinion, polling data, health care, health care debate

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