Public Health and Public Goods

Public Health Ethics, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 251-259, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2013

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish public health from tangentially related fields like social work. I argue that we should reclaim the more traditional conception of public health as the provision of health-related public goods. The public goods account has the advantage of establishing a relatively clear and distinctive mission for public health. It also allows a consensus of people with different comprehensive moral and political commitments to endorse public health measures, even if they disagree about precisely why they are desirable.

Suggested Citation

Anomaly, Jonathan, Public Health and Public Goods (2011). Public Health Ethics, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 251-259, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211206

Jonathan Anomaly (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

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