Distributive justice and the harm to medical professionals fighting epidemics

Andreas Brøgger Albertsen, Jens Damgaard Thaysen

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    The exposure of doctors, nurses and other medical
    professionals to risks in the context of epidemics is
    significant. While traditional medical ethics offers the
    thought that these dangers may limit the extent to
    which a duty to care is applicable in such situations, it
    has less to say about what we might owe to medical
    professionals who are disadvantaged in these contexts.
    Luck egalitarianism, a responsibility-sensitive theory
    of distributive justice, appears to fare particularly bad
    in that regard. If we want to maintain that medical
    professionals are responsible for their decisions to help,
    cure and care for the vulnerable, luck egalitarianism
    seems to imply that their claim of justice to medical
    attention in case of infection is weak or non-existent.
    The article demonstrates how a recent interpretation
    of luck egalitarianism offers a solution to this problem.
    Redefining luck egalitarianism as concerned with
    responsibility for creating disadvantages, rather than
    for incurring disadvantage as such, makes it possible to
    maintain that medical professionals are responsible for
    their choices and that those infected because of their
    choice to help fight epidemics have a full claim of justice
    to medical attention.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Medical Ethics
    Vol/bind43
    Udgave nummer12
    Sider (fra-til)861-864
    Antal sider3
    ISSN0306-6800
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2017

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