Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy

Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy

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This book takes the conversation between bioethics and health policy to a new level. Moving beyond principles and normative frameworks, bioethicists writing in the volume consider the actual policy problems faced by health care systems, while policy-makers reflect on the moral values inherent in both the process and content of health policy. The result is a vigorous dialogue with some of the nation's leading experts at the interface of ethics and health policy. the book provides a history of the values implicit in U.S. health policy, a discussion of the federal and state roles in policy making, an ethical examination of the social goals expressed through various policies, an analysis of the role of public opinion in the creation of health policy, and an exploration of the value of the private sector in health policy. In addition, the authors examine some of the major ethical controversies in health policy, such as the challenge of balancing ethical concerns with economic realities, the need to allocate scarce health resources, the call for heightened accountability, and the impact of various policies on vulnerable populations.
The book concludes with an examination of the ethical issues in health services research, including the threats to privacy that arise in such research. To a greater extent than any previous volume, it establishes a strong connection between the disciplines of medical ethics and health policy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 38.1mm | 748.44g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5 line illustrations
  • 0195140702
  • 9780195140705

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This book provides a broad and at the same time rigorous introduction to the role of ethics in health policy. It is an essential read for anyone with health care policy making responsibilities, but also an interesting, enlightening and useful read for health care providers, personnel and for patients trying to make sense of the way in which health care is distributed. Public Health, 117
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Table of contents

PART I. IDENTIFYING THE GOALS OF HEALTH CARE; 1. Ends and Means: The Goals of Health Care; 2. Justice, Health, and Health Policy; PART II. CONNECTING ETHICS AND HEALTH POLICY; 3. What Ethics Can Contribute to Health Policy; 4. Health Care Policy in the U.S. in the 20th Century; 5. Just Deliberation About Health Care; PART III. EXAMINING THE ETHICS OF HOW POLICY IS MADE; 6. The Reality of Public Policy Making; 7. When Public Opinion Counts: Inserting Public Opinion into Health Policy; 8. Medical Ethics in the Courts; 9. Health Policy Making: The Role of the Federal Government; 10. Health Policy and State Initiatives; 11. Private Sector Incentives and Ethical Health Care; PART IV. ETHICAL CONTROVERSIES IN HEALTH POLICY; A. Resource Allocation; 12. Patient v. Population: Resolving the Ethical Dilemmas Posed by Treating Patients as Members of Populations; B. Accountability; 13. Accountability: Regulating Health Care As a Public Good; 14. Perspectives on Accountability: Past, Present, and Future; C. Vulnerable Populations; 15. Health Resources Allocation for Vulnerable Populations; 16. Health Policy, Vulnerability and Vulnerable Populations; D. Ethical Considerations Health Services Research; 17. Values in Research: Picking Reseach Priorities Ethically; 18. Ethical Considerations in Conducting Health Care Research: Protecting Privacy
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