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Introduction to Symposium on Daniel Hausman's Valuing Health: Well-Being, Freedom and Suffering

Wilson, J; (2017) Introduction to Symposium on Daniel Hausman's Valuing Health: Well-Being, Freedom and Suffering. Public Health Ethics , 10 (2) pp. 105-108. 10.1093/phe/phx008. Green open access

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Abstract

This article introduces a symposium on Daniel Hausman’s Valuing Health: Well-Being, Suffering and Freedom (OUP, 2015). The symposium contains papers by Elselijn Kingma, Adam Oliver, Anna Alexandrova, Erik Nord, Alex Voorhoeve and James Wilson, with replies by Daniel Hausman. In Valuing Health, Hausman argues that, despite apparently measuring health, projects such as the Global Burden of Disease Study in fact measure judgments about the value of health. Once this has been clarified, the key question is how the value of health should be measured. Hausman argues that existing instruments measure the private value of health, that is, health’s ‘contribution to whatever the individual cares about or should care about’, whereas what should be measured for resource allocation purposes is the public value of health, that is, the value health should be accorded from the perspective of the liberal state. Hausman argues that the public value of health should be measured by the extent to which (i) suffering and (ii) activity limitations are relieved. Each commentator engages with a different aspect of Hausman’s argument.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction to Symposium on Daniel Hausman's Valuing Health: Well-Being, Freedom and Suffering
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/phe/phx008
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phx008
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Ethics, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, Medical Ethics, Social Sciences - Other Topics, TRADE-OFF
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1554623
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