Original scientific paper
Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics
APA 6th Edition
Cerjan-Letica, G. (2004). Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics. Revija za sociologiju, 35 (3-4), 205-216. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698
MLA 8th Edition
Cerjan-Letica, Gordana. "Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics." Revija za sociologiju, vol. 35, no. 3-4, 2004, pp. 205-216. https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.
Chicago 17th Edition
Cerjan-Letica, Gordana. "Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics." Revija za sociologiju 35, no. 3-4 (2004): 205-216. https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698
Cerjan-Letica, G. (2004). 'Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics', Revija za sociologiju, 35(3-4), pp. 205-216. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698 (Accessed 28 September 2023)
Cerjan-Letica G. Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics. Revija za sociologiju [Internet]. 2004 [cited 2023 September 28];35(3-4):205-216. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698
G. Cerjan-Letica, "Theory of Health Justice and Public-Health Ethics", Revija za sociologiju, vol.35, no. 3-4, pp. 205-216, 2004. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/13698. [Accessed: 28 September 2023]
The author attempts to answer the following question: can a health system, geared towards the fulfillment of the principle of equity in health, in the access to health care, and in utilization of health care services be at the same time both ethical and efficient. Some public health scientists, politicians and practitioners claim that health equity and ethics on the on hand and efficiency (cost containment, cost-effectiveness and profitability) on the other hand are simply irreconcilable principles. This belief is especially widespread among politicians from the countries in transition which are leaving the ideology and practice of a Communist health care system and trying to develop a hypothetical European model of health care. Based on the analysis of a number of the WHO documents and the arguments of leading public health experts, the author stresses that the abandonment of a Communist health care system should under no conditions lead to ignoring of the principles of equity and ethics in public health and health care policies. The author furthermore believes that the works of John Rawls, Amarty Sen and Margaret Whitehead represent a foundation for the new theory of health care justice. The countries trying to modify and “europeanise” their health care systems (like Croatia) have to devote equal attention in devising these new systems to the principles of equity and efficiency.
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