Medical Need, Equality, and Uncertainty

Chad Horne*

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Abstract

Many hold that distributing healthcare according to medical need is a requirement of equality. Most egalitarians believe, however, that people ought to be equal on the whole, by some overall measure of well-being or life-prospects; it would be a massive coincidence if distributing healthcare according to medical need turned out to be an effective way of promoting equality overall. I argue that distributing healthcare according to medical need is important for reducing individuals' uncertainty surrounding their future medical needs. In other words, distributing healthcare according to medical need is a natural feature of healthcare insurance; it is about indemnity, not equality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-596
Number of pages9
JournalBioethics
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • distributive justice
  • equality
  • health insurance
  • healthcare
  • medical necessity
  • medical need
  • political philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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