Well-Being and Fairness in the Distribution of Scarce Health Resources

31 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2005 Last revised: 15 Apr 2015

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Abstract

Based a general thesis regarding the proper resolution of interpersonal conflicts, the paper suggests a normative framework for the distribution of scarce health resources. The proposed thesis includes two basic ideas. First, individual well-being is the fundamental value. Second, interpersonal conflicts of well-being should be resolved in light of several conceptions of fairness, which reflect the independent value of persons, the difference in the importance of various aspects of individual well-being and the moral significance of responsibility of persons for interpersonal conflicts. These ideas are elaborated in several principles that are applied with respect to the allocation of scarce health resources.

Keywords: Well-being, fairness, responsibility, health resources

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Well-Being and Fairness in the Distribution of Scarce Health Resources. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 231-260, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=689502

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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