This (well, last) week we discussed health outcomes and health justice. During that class there were 3 different sets of material principles for understanding health inequalities and determining whether or not an inequality is unjust.
The first stated that for each individual an equal share of health, unless obtained using force or fraud. That is to say if a person’s health status is the result of force or fraud, than it is unjust.
The second material principle stated that for each individual an equal share of health, unless obtained by choice. That is to say that if a person’s health in unequal, or poor, due to their choices/behaviors that it is not unjust.
The third material principle expresses that for each individual an equal share of health even if it is the result is from one’s own choices/behaviors. This principle expressed that any inequality is an injustice regardless of why.
YOUR TASK: Please explain which of these 3 principles you feel our country should adopt for health care justice within the U.S. Consider the following: how might the principle affect detecting illness? Preventing illness? Treating illness? Explain your thinking behind your choice. I look forward to reading your responses.