Well-Being and Fairness in the Distribution of Scarce Health Resources
31 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2005 Last revised: 15 Apr 2015
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
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By John Harris