Rowman and Littlefield International

Theories of Health Justice

Just Enough Health

By (author) Thomas Schramme

Publication date:

11 December 2018

Length of book:

162 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786601438

Health justice concerns the justified use of publicly funded resources in medicine, health care, and public health. Theories of Health Justice explores the philosophical implications of the assumption that we should use such resources for the purposes of achieving health. Providing an introduction to the debate about health justice, the book offers clear conceptual definitions of health and disease, as well as an analysis of the different relevant theories of justice.

The author goes on to argue that a sufficientarian account of justice (the idea that we should aim to make sure that each citizen has enough) is most fitting for the purposes of health justice. He defends this specific theory of health justice in relation to health care and public health, before expanding the argument to engage with issues in global justice.

This text is ideal for students interested in the philosophy of medicine, medical ethics and philosophy and public policy.
An important and provocative book, which asks challenging questions that will be of interest to established scholars of the complex issues in health justice, while providing a compelling and accessible introduction for those new to this vital, and timely, area of enquiry. Schramme’s book will be of great use to students and researchers alike.