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Author Zoloth, Laurie

Title Health care and the ethics of encounter : a Jewish discussion of social justice / Laurie Zoloth
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1999


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 323 pages)
Series Studies in social medicine
Studies in social medicine.
Contents Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part I.A Crisis in Health Care and a Challenge in Ethics -- 1. Language, Narrative, and Desire: What We Yearn For -- Notes -- 2. Oregon: A Conversation Once Entered -- Why Care about Oregon? -- Oregon Faces the Economic Downturn -- Provision and Community: How Health Care Is Organized, or Working for Health Benefits -- Providing for the Other America: The Medicaid Project -- The Crisis Unfolds in the States -- The Oregon Narrative -- The OHD: A Commitment to Civic Discourse
Saying the First No: The Legislature Takes the First Turn at Prioritization -- The OHD Project: The Second Prioritization Discussion -- The Fred Meyer Trust Project: The Third Prioritization -- The Citizens' Principles -- Assessing the Values of the Discourse -- The Oregon Legislature's Response: The Fourth Discussion of Priorities -- The HSC: The Fifth Discussion -- Notes -- 3. The Embodied Discourse of Health Care: Oregon Reconsidered -- Addressing the Normative Problem in Justice: Health Care as a Case in Point -- Framing the Scope of the Problem of Justice in Health Care
Justice and the Problem of Scarcity -- The Current Debate: Two Schools -- Autonomy and Beneficence: Rationing Is Not Moral -- The Commonweal: Rafioning Is Morally Necessary -- Assessment of the Oregon Plan -- What Is Wrong with the Plan -- What Is Right with the Plan -- Notes -- 4. Naming the Terrain: The Language of Liberal Justice and Its Claims -- The Formal Principle of Justice -- Beyond the Formal Theory -- The Libertarian Theory of Justice -- Free Holdings and the Problem of Inclusion -- The Utilitarian Theory of Justice -- The Problem of the Majority
The implication of the Public-Private Split -- The Problem of the Good -- The Problem of Evil -- Deontology: Duties and the Matrix of Promises -- John Rawls: The Promise of Fairness -- Egalitarian Theories of Justice -- Summary of Justice Approaches Based in Liberal Theory -- Foundational Constraints on All Theories: Scarcity Is Prior to Theory -- Different Terms of the Discourse -- Notes -- 5. The Moral Location of the Self: The Languages of the Alternative Discourse -- The Central Problem: Autonomy and the Entirely Free Self -- An Alternate Model of Community and Citizenship
The Nature of the Ideal Moral Agent -- The Moral Agent in the Community -- The Language of Rights, Entitlement, and Need -- Need, Provision, and Membership -- The Concept of Rationality -- Communicative Ethics -- Summary of Challenges to Liberal Theory -- Notes -- Part II. The Texts and the Method: Jewish Ethics as Encounter -- 6. The Discourse Itself: Method, Text, and Covenant -- Responsibility and Relationship: Introduction and Starting Points -- A Framing Issue: Feminism -- Three Postulates: The Centrality of the Daily, the Necessity of Argument, and the Fundamentality of Exile
Summary The last several years have seen a sharpening of debate in the United States regarding the problem of steadily increasing medical expenditures, as well as inflation in health care costs, a scarcity of health care resources, and a lack of access for a growing number of people in the national health care system. Some observers suggest that we in fact face two crises: the crisis of scarce resources and the crisis of inadequate language in the discourse of ethics for framing a response. The author offers a bold claim: to renew our chances of achieving social justice, she argues, we must turn to the Jewish tradition. That tradition envisions an ethics of conversational encounter that is deeply social and profoundly public, as well as offering resources for recovering a language of community that addresses the issues raised by the health care allocation debate
Notes Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Graduate Theological Union in California, 1993
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-308) and index
Notes English
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Subject Health care rationing -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Right to health -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Distributive justice -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Social justice.
Social Justice
Health Care Rationing
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Theology.
Social justice
Right to health -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Health care rationing -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Distributive justice -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Medizinische Versorgung
Jüdische Ethik
United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 97045978
ISBN 0807876208