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Record number 559831
Title Why Socio-Economic Inequalities in Health Threaten Relational Justice. A Proposal for an Instrumental Evaluation
Author(s) Haverkamp, B.; Verweij, M.F.; Stronks, K.
Source Public Health Ethics 11 (2018)3. - ISSN 1754-9973 - p. 311 - 324.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phy020
Department(s) Philosophy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract In this article, we argue that apart from evaluating the causes and the social determinants of health inequalities, an evaluation of the effects of health inequalities is due. For this, we propose the ideal of relational equality as an evaluative framework, and test to what extent health inequalities threaten this ideal of a society of equals. We identify three ways in which they do (i.e. via unequal risks to stigmatization, unequal risks to unemployment and unequal risks to unequal pension enjoyments) and argue that these risks are especially great for those lower down the socio-economic strata. We thus conclude that equality in health is instrumental to social justice, and that socio-economic inequalities in health are not only unjust due to their causes but also due to their consequences. We continue to argue that our instrumental approach opens a perspective to mitigate the identified injustices by changing society, rather than reducing inequalities in health, and argue that this is an advantage in the light of the realistic assumption that (part) of the socio-economic health inequalities will persist. The article thus offers a complementary approach to both the evaluation and the mitigation of the injustice of socio-economic inequalities in health.
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