Rawlsian Justice and a Human Right to Health Care
Moskop, John C.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1983 Nov; 8(4): 329-338.
Moskop considers whether Rawls' theory of justice as fairness can be used to justify a human right to health care, as Ronald Green and Norman Daniels have argued. He concludes that neither Green's elevation of health care to the position of primary social good nor Daniel's inclusion of health care institutions among those background institutions necessary for fair equality of opportunity are implied in Rawls' theory. Health care as a human right may not be justified by any ethical theory, but its provision may be seen as a social ideal from which legal rights evolve. (KIE abstract)