The Priority of Health Care
Green, Ronald M.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1983 Nov; 8(4): 373-380.
The economic recession, the mounting costs of medical technology, and the weakening of public support for welfare state ideals have led to philosophical qualification of the right of equal access to health care by writers like Norman Daniels and Lawrence Stern. Green rejects their arguments and reiterates the claim that a Rawlsian theory of justice provides an appropriate way of thinking about the right to health care, which should be treated on a par with basic civil liberties. (KIE abstract)