Rationing, responsibility and blameworthiness : An ethical evaluation of responsibility-sensitive policies for healthcare rationing

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Symons, Xavier and Chua, Reginald. (2021). Rationing, responsibility and blameworthiness : An ethical evaluation of responsibility-sensitive policies for healthcare rationing. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 31(1), pp. 53-76. https://doi.org/10.1353/ken.2021.0004
AuthorsSymons, Xavier and Chua, Reginald
Abstract

Several ethicists have defended the use of responsibility-based criteria in healthcare rationing. Yet in this article we outline two challenges to the implementation of responsibility-based healthcare rationing policies. These two challenges are, namely, that responsibility for past behavior can diminish as an agent changes, and that blame can come apart from responsibility. These challenges suggest that it is more difficult to hold someone responsible for health related actions than proponents of responsibility-sensitive healthcare policies suggest. We close by discussing public health policies that could function as an alternative to contentious, responsibility-sensitive rationing policies.

Year2021
JournalKennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Journal citation31 (1), pp. 53-76
PublisherNLM (Medline)
ISSN1086-3249
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/ken.2021.0004
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85102914596
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