Foreword: Health Policy's Fourth Dimension

7 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2007

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Clark C. Havighurst

Duke University School of Law

Barak D. Richman

Duke University - School of Law

Abstract

While American policymakers and commentators have traditionally focused on three aspects of the health care system - access, cost, and quality - they have neglected an arguably coequal fourth issue: equity in the distribution of health care costs and benefits. This brief introduction to a symposium volume entitled Who Pays? Who Benefits? Distributional Issues in Health Care suggests that the American health system takes excessive resources from working-class payers of health insurance premiums to finance an industry that serves the interests of others far better than their own. In addition to summarizing several aspects of the unfairness problem, the Foreword urges policymakers and the academic community to pay greater attention to issues of distributive justice in health care, lays out a research agenda for extending the work begun by the symposium's contributors, and expresses the hope that deeper understanding will add to the urgency of reforming American health care.

Suggested Citation

Havighurst, Clark C. and Richman, Barak D., Foreword: Health Policy's Fourth Dimension. Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, No. 4, 2006; Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 140. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960118

Clark C. Havighurst (Contact Author)

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Barak D. Richman

Duke University - School of Law ( email )

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Durham, NC 27708
United States
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