Injustice and Inequality in Health and Health Care

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I chose the title of this essay in part because of the balanced alliteration between “injustice” and “inequality” on the one hand and “health” and “health care” on the other. But the parallelisms of sound in this case mirror analogies in the relations. In each pair, the first member is the more important and more general. Injustice is of obvious moral importance. Inequality is one source of injustice, though inequalities are not always unjust, and inequalities may have other ethically significant consequences. Similarly, health is much more important than health care, though health care obviously contributes to health and may have other morally significant effects on well-being and social solidarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLibrary of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLibrary of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
ISSN (Print)1387-6678
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0323

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy
  • Development
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Health Inequality
  • Life Plan
  • Luck Egalitarianism
  • Moral Concern
  • Significant Inequality


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