The And Public Health Policies

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For years, it has been assumed by the vast majority of health care experts that everyone knows the guiding principle of ethics in healthcare. Everyone agrees that this guiding principle has the solid endorsement of the majority of the population. These presumptions are accepted with almost no contention or debate. In Justice in Medicine and Public Health, Rosamund Rhodes argues that “no single conception of justice explains the array of broadly endorsed medical and public health policies.” This thought challenges the classical approach of defining or defending one accurate view of justice in medicine. There are many different views of justice in health care that have been developed and debated. However, it is clear that no one view of the distribution of the scarce resources and services fits every situation. Aristotle defined justice as giving each his due. While this thought has its fans, others prefer a more idealistic view of justice in the field of health care. One of these philosophies, utilitarianism, defines justice as policies and procedures that produce the best outcomes. During times of emergency, it is acceptable for health professionals to practice triage medicine. The practice of triage medicine represents the goal of avoiding the worst outcomes and not the utilitarian view of the best possible outcome. Furthermore, the aim of public health research is to collect information that may or may not be useful. The quest to gather information also appears to
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