Tensions in setting health care priorities for South Africa's children.

ECU Author/Contributor (non-ECU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lesley D. Henley (Creator)
Willem A. Landman (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/

Abstract: The new South African constitution commits the government to guarantee "basic health services "for every child under 18. Primary health care for pregnant women and children under six and elements of essential primary health care have received priority. At present there is little analysis of the moral considerations involved in making choices about more advanced or costly health care which may arguably also be "basic". This paper illustrates some of the tensions in setting priorities for a just macroallocation of children's health care given the realities of need and scarce resources and the commitment to equality of basic opportunities. Originally published Journal of Medical Ethics Vol. 24 No. 4 Aug 1998

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Journal of Medical Ethics. 24:4(August 1998) p. 268-273.
Language: English
Date: 2011
Children, health care priority setting, justice in health care, macro-allocation, South Africa

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