Core values in health care reform: a communitarian approach.

A. Etzioni, C. Cassel, C. Dougherty, C. M. Evarts, J. Griffith, J. L. Nelson, M. Osterweis, D. Wikler

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Controlling health care costs should allow the nation to provide more health services and higher quality care to more people. The authors are concerned, however, that many of the reform efforts will unwittingly undermine the culture of care in their pursuit of savings and access. This article is a plea to maintain the core moral values and the social and institutional commitments that are essential in the delivery of care, so that the health care community is not turned into a health industry. The authors' communitarian approach aims to preserve the balance between individual rights and social responsibilities, the moral integrity of a caring society, and the unique character of mutual trust between patients and health care personnel. They advocate an orientation toward preventing disease and promoting health, an imperative of reforming the violent, reckless, and costly aspects of American society, and a moral justification for cutting administrative waste, defensive medicine, and excessive profits rather than rationing beneficial and humane health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalHealth care management (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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