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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective

Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective

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(p.169) Twelve Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective
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Ethics
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Mary Dombeck

Tobie Hittle Olsan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0012

This chapter discusses institutional responsibility regarding resource allocation. It examines the complexities of the US health care system by describing four contexts of health care delivery, their historical background, and the ethical implications of justice. Second, the chapter presents evidence for and examples of disparate health care in different populations. Third, it describes the depersonalising effect of institutions on recipients and providers. Finally, recommendations are made for moral institutional responses to these challenges.

Keywords:   institutional responsibility, resource allocation, health care system, health care delivery, justice

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