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Health Care as a Right of CitizenshipThe Continuing Evolution of Reform$
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Gunnar Almgren

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170130

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170130.001.0001

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The Theoretical Foundations for Health Care as a Social Right of Citizenship

The Theoretical Foundations for Health Care as a Social Right of Citizenship

(p.60) Chapter Three The Theoretical Foundations for Health Care as a Social Right of Citizenship
Health Care as a Right of Citizenship

Gunnar Almgren

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides readers with a concise explanation of the two works, that in synthesis with each other, provide the theoretical framework for the book’s central arguments pertaining to ends to be realized in radical health care reform: TH Marshall’s Theory of Citizenship and the Welfare State and John Rawls’ “Justice as Fairness” Theory of Justice. After acquainting the reader with the major concepts considered in this chapter (such as democratic society, citizenship, health, health care and universal health care), and then the more conventional justifications for a universal right to health care, the chapter turns to the justifications for particular social rights that are advanced by both Marshall and Rawls in accordance with the requirements of democratic citizenship –ending with the particular justifications for health care as a social right of citizenship.

Keywords:   Social Rights, Social Citizenship, Social Mobility, Fair Equality of Opportunity, John Rawls, TH Marshall

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