Searching for Justice and Health
Posted: 25 Aug 2017
Date Written: July 09, 2015
Justice — fairness in how people are dealt with — is not merely about law but also an aspirational goal, resulting in different points of emphases if the focus is on justice and health or justice in health. Two important human aspirations: justice and health, form the central theme of this editorial, their coalescence resulting in fairness in how people are treated and their ability to achieve the highest attainable standard of physical, mental, and social well-being. Justice is about law but it is also about democracy and the distribution of power, social roles, and capacity. The determinants of health are numerous and diverse, inclusive of the extent to which people enjoy freedom, live in dignity, and participate in choices affecting them, and the fairness they enjoy in how goods and services are accessed, distributed, afforded, and delivered. Laws, policies, judicial systems, and law enforcement perform a normative and regulatory function that can impact health in every way from promoting healthy lifestyles to preventing exposure to sources of ill health in the working and living environment; preventing, responding, and mitigating the impact of epidemic diseases; and creating awareness, response, and redress mechanisms. In all, the promotion and protection of justice and health ought to progress hand in hand toward a better world. But this is regrettably not the case.
JEL Classification: I14, I18, K33
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