Iwao Hirose – May 14th 2012, 16:30 – 18:00

Iwao Hirose

Department of Philosophy

McGill University

Room Academia Zaal 008


16:30 – 18:00

‘Responsibility for Health’

Recently, many epidemiologists and health policy makers are concerned with the social gradient in health. They claim that it is just to reduce health inequality through redistribution of socially controllable determinants of health such as income, wealth, education, employment, and housing. They take (a) social equality of health to be the goal of health policy and (b) socio-economic inequality is the cause of health inequality. I shall reject both (a) and (b). I will argue that what we should aim at is not health equality per se, but equality of overall well-being. This paper is a chapter of my forthcoming book “Ethics and Health Care Rationing” (Routledge, 2013).