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Where Social Justice Fits in Medical Decision-Making

by Susan Mathews, Bioethics Program Alumna (2013)

The current healthcare reimbursement system curtails treatment choices for Americans by narrowing networks, imposing strict guidelines for coverage or setting deductibles that are so high as to restrict to care.  But what does social justice have to say about this issue?

Social justice implies fairness and mutual obligation in society. As members of a social group, we are responsible for one another. We should ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Ensuring equal opportunity of access to healthcare is part of that obligation, as being reasonably healthy is a basic necessity to succeed at providing for oneself or one’s family.

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[This post is a summary of an article published on Life Matters Media on November 17, 2014. The contents of this blog are solely the responsibility of the author and do not represent the views of the Bioethics Program or Union Graduate College.]

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