Tensions in Setting Health Care Priorities for South Africa's Children
Landman, Willem A.
Henley, Lesley D.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1998 Aug; 24(4): 268-273.
The new South African constitution commits the government to guarantee "basic health services" for every child under 18. Primary health care for pregnant women and children under six and elements of essential primary health care have received priority. At present, there is little analysis of the moral considerations involved in making choices about more advanced or costly health care which may, arguably, also be "basic". This paper illustrates some of the tensions in setting priorities for a just macro-allocation of children's health care, given the realities of need and scarce resources, and the commitment to equality of basic opportunities.
Beneficence; Children; Chronically Ill; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Economics; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Services; Justice; Legal Aspects; Life; Long-Term Care; Medicine; Minors; Moral Policy; Pregnant Women; Preventive Medicine; Primary Health Care; Public Health; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Standards;
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