The right to a decent minimum of health care.

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Buchanan examines, and finds inadequate, several philosophical approaches to justifying and specifying the content of a universal right to a decent minimum of health care: utilitarian arguments, Rawlsian ideal contract arguments, and Norman Daniels' equality of opportunity argument. Also rejecting the libertarian hypothesis that there is no right to a decent minimum of care, he contends that the claim that society should guarantee certain health care services can be supported by a pluralistic approach encompassing special right-claims, harm prevention, prudential arguments emphasizing public health benefits, and beneficence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-78
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophy and Public Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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