University of New Hampshire Law Review


[Excerpt] “This article will explore the conceptual implications of applying ethical critique and analysis to health policy. This is not to imply any reductionist conception of health policy in which ethics is absent. As Deborah Stone and John W. Kingdon both note, policy is fraught with ethical implications, and value prioritization is a sine qua non for health policy. Nevertheless, I wish to suggest that there are some conceptually significant distinctions in thinking of the ethics of health policy as opposed to thinking separately about ethics and about health policy. Moreover, these distinctions themselves are of value, both in thinking about some of the most intractable problems of health policy, and in generating health policy that expressly presents its ethical bases, as opposed to masking the value assumptions and beliefs that underpin such policy.”

Repository Citation

Daniel S. Goldberg, Universal Health Care, American Pragmatism, and the Ethics of Health Policy: Questioning Political Efficacy, 7 Pierce L. Rev. 183 (2009), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol7/iss2/4