2014
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2510441
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Situating Care in Mainstream Health Economics: An Ethical Dilemma?

Abstract: Standard health economics concentrates on the provision of care by medical professionals. Yet 'care' receives scant analysis; it is portrayed as a spillover effect or externality in the form of interdependent utility functions. In this context care can only be conceived as either acts of altruism or as social capital. Both conceptions are subject to considerable problems stemming from mainstream health economics' reliance on a reductionist social model built around instrumental rationality and consequentialism… Show more

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