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Health Care, Social Justice and the Common Good

Craig Paterson

Independent Scholar; Complutense - Faculty of Information Sciences; Carlos Albizu University - Business Administration


This paper is essentially concerned with defending the idea of a universal right to adequate health care coverage. It will argue for the existence of a human right grounded in Catholic social thought. At the outset, a statement of clarification is needed. This paper does not pretend to offer the panacea for all ills relating to health care provision. Rather, it is an inquiry into the kinds of value that should inform decision making relating to health policy. A universal right to adequate health care cannot be established without questioning the underlying values that inform the debate and bring them firmly to the level of deliberative consciousness. It is these value concerns that structure the dynamic of health care provision and the general provision of wider resources in society.

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Keywords: Right to Health Care, Health Care, Common Good, Human Rights, Catholic Social Thought

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Date posted: February 28, 2008 ; Last revised: February 22, 2014

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Paterson, Craig, Health Care, Social Justice and the Common Good (2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1097135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1097135

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Carlos Albizu University - Business Administration ( email )
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