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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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(p.166) Chapter Four Efficacy
The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance

Alex Rajczi

Oxford University Press

Some people express concern that social minimum programs might be ineffective, inefficient, counterproductive, or unnecessary. This chapter focuses on three specific worries about efficacy that are often expressed in real-world debates about universal health insurance: the worries that universal health insurance systems would not improve aggregate national health, that they would reduce medical innovation, and that they would produce waiting lists. The first is best addressed using purely factual information, but concerns about innovation and wait lists require philosophical analysis. The chapter argues that concerns about innovation and wait lists are philosophically misguided.

Keywords:   social minimum, inefficient, efficiency, innovation, waiting list, universal health insurance, medical innovation

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