What Does Social Justice Require for the Public's Health? Public Health Ethics and Policy Imperatives
Lawrence O. Gostin
Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University - Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Health Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 1053-1060, July/August 2006
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 920480
Justice is so central to the mission of public health that it has been described as the field's core value. Our account of justice stresses the fair disbursement of common advantages and sharing of common burdens. It captures the twin moral impulses that animate public health: to advance human well-being by improving health and to do so particularly by focusing on the needs of the most disadvantaged. This commentary explores how social justice sheds light on major ongoing controversies in the field, and it provides examples of the kinds of policies that public health agencies guided by a robust conception of justice would adopt.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: public health, health law and policy, justice
JEL Classification: K00, K32, I10, I18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 25, 2006 ; Last revised: December 15, 2010
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