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From Needs to Health Care Needs
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Health Care Analysis, ISSN 1065-3058, E-ISSN 1573-3394, Vol. 22, no 1, 22-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One generally considered plausible way to allocate resources in health care is according to people’s needs. In this paper I focus on a somewhat overlooked issue, that is the conceptual structure of health care needs. It is argued that what conceptual understanding of needs one has is decisive in the assessment of what qualifies as a health care need and what does not. The aim for this paper is a clarification of the concept of health care need with a starting point in the general philosophical discussion about needs. I outline three approaches to the concept of need and argue that they all share the same conceptual underpinnings. The concept of need is then analyzed in terms of a subject x needing some object y in order to achieve some goal z. I then discuss the relevant features of the object y and the goal z which make a given need qualify as a health care need and not just a need for anything.

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Springer, 2014. Vol. 22, no 1, 22-35 p.
Keyword [en]
Harm; Health; Health care; Health care need; Need; Priority-setting; Rationing; Well-being
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Other Medical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106476DOI: 10.1007/s10728-013-0241-8ISI: 000331640900003OAI: diva2:716193
Available from: 2014-05-08 Created: 2014-05-08 Last updated: 2014-05-19Bibliographically approved

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