Communities of Health Care Justice (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine) (Paperback)

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The factions debating health care reform in the United States have gravitated toward one of two positions: that just health care is an individual responsibility or that it must be regarded as a national concern. Both arguments overlook a third possibility: that justice in health care is multilayered and requires the participation of multiple and diverse communities.  Communities of Health Care Justice makes a powerful ethical argument for treating communities as critical moral actors that play key roles in defining and upholding just health policy. Drawing together the key community dimensions of health care, and demonstrating their neglect in most prominent theories of health care justice, Charlene Galarneau postulates the ethical norms of community justice. In the process, she proposes that while the subnational communities of health care justice are defined by shared place, including those bound by culture, religion, gender, and race that together they define justice.  As she constructs her innovative theorization of health care justice, Galarneau also reveals its firm grounding in the work of real-world health policy and community advocates. Communities of Health Care Justice not only strives to imagine a new framework of just health care, but also to show how elements of this framework exist in current health policy, and to outline the systemic, conceptual, and structural changes required to put these justice norms into fuller practice. 

About the Author

CHARLENE GALARNEAU is senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics, Boston, MA. She is also associate professor emerita in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department as well as former director of the Health and Society Minor at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

Praise For…

"This book should be required reading for every nurse and health care professional as well as anyone interested in improving health care in the US… Highly recommended."
— Choice

"Galarneau addresses an important issue often missing from theories of health justice and provides a unique and novel perspective. Communities of Health Care Justice is both clear and comprehensive in its scope."
— Audrey R. Chapman

"Communities of Health Care Justice is vital reading for all who see health care as something more meaningful than a bone in a partisan dog-fight. Galarneau’s deeply thoughtful book elevates communities to a place they have rarely been granted but certainly merit-- the heart of health policy discourse."
— Mark Schlesinger

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813577661
ISBN-10: 0813577667
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2016
Pages: 158
Language: English
Series: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine