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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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Fiscal Issues

Fiscal Issues

(p.210) Chapter Five Fiscal Issues
The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance

Alex Rajczi

Oxford University Press

Some people cite fiscal concerns as a reason to oppose expansions of the health safety net. This chapter develops and examines those fiscal concerns. The opening sections lay out some information on government debt and the fiscal risks it can create. After that the chapter analyzes how considerations about fiscal risk could most plausibly figure into assessments of universal health insurance. It is argued that in some instances, there are legitimate fiscal objections to expansions of the health safety net but that fiscal objections cannot ground opposition to well-designed universal health insurance systems.

Keywords:   fiscal, debt, risk, national health, safety net, universal health insurance

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