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The Liberal Grounding of the Right to Health Care: An Egalitarian Critique

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Abstract:

The language of rights is increasingly used to regulate access to health care and allocation of resources in the health care field. The right to health has been grounded on different theories of justice. Scholars within the liberal tradition have grounded the right to health care on Rawls's two principles of justice. Thus, the right to health care has been justified as being one of the basic liberties, as enabling equality of opportunity, or as being justified by the maximin principle. In this article, Filc analyzes—from a radical egalitarian standpoint—the limitations of the different attempts to ground an equal right to health on Rawls's theory of justice and offers a first approximation to a radical egalitarian formulation of the right to health.

Keywords: HEALTH CARE; JOHN RAWLS; JUSTICE; RADICAL EGALITARIANISM; RIGHTS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/th.2007.5411204

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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