Free choice, equity, and care : The moral foundations of health care

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-637
Journal / PublicationJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


The aims of this paper are threefold. The first aim is to provide a critique of the reform proposal of the Harvard School of Public Health for Hong Kong's health care system through privatization of the public sector services. The second aim is to argue for the duty of society to guarantee every member equal access to a basic level of health care based on the values of equity, care and free choice. The third aim is to explore some suggestions about delivery structures and financial arrangements of a dual sector health care system which will better enable society to provide a basic level of health care that is sustainable and affordable, while being at the same time consistent with the values of care, equity and free choice.

Research Area(s)

  • Harvard Report, Health care financing, Hong Kong health care