Moral strangers and the health care market

Health Care Analysis 4 (3):197-205 (1996)
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In order to reflect on the morality of the health care market this paper critiques some of H. T. Engelhardt's presuppositions. Engelhardt has created the vivid term ‘moral stranger’ and suggested that there can be a ‘morality of moral strangers’. However his position relies either on certain necessary presuppositions which he leaves unmentioned or on presuppositions that are—in a strict sense—not moral ones. Engelhardt advocates the market economy as the guiding principle of health care, and claims that the market needs no moral presuppositions. But when the preconditions of a functioning market are examined it turns out that a functioning market requires property and ownership, and that property and ownership are moral institutions. Therefore the application of the idea of the market to health care undoubtedly has morally serious consequences: most important, the difference between commodities and human beings is obscured

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The foundations of bioethics.H. Tristram Engelhardt - 1986 - New York: Oxford University Press.

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