Consumer Medicine

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The contributions in this book all address an important area relating to the delivery of medical services, namely the development of consumer medicine. The changing dynamics of consumer medicine are explored through two perspectives: genetic self-testing and cross-border medical treatment. Both genetic self-testing and cross-border medical treatment offer a number of opportunities, both for producers and consumers of goods and services. At the same time, however, a number of important questions arise as to the limits and regulations that should be in place to protect consumers and patients, and assure that the products and services that are being offered are of good quality and do not offer false or misleading information as to their efficacy or significance in helping patients and consumers. The role of the state and supra-national organizations is by no means self-evident within this changing environment in that on the one hand, this process has been supported by these same authorities, and on the other hand, they are also trying to control and limit the extent to which it develops and undermines their sovereignty. This dual role has created tensions between the development of consumer medicine and the consequences that authorities must deal with as a result of this development.



Justice in Health Care and Medical Tourism - Should Private Money Talk?

In the following, I will address two main questions: 1) according to which general principle(s) should health care be distributed? And 2) given this or these principles, what problems of justice do so-called medical tourism give rise to? I will argue that there is reasonable disagreement over what basic principles of justice are most appropriate regarding the proper distribution of health care. However, when applied to health care, all reasonable principles in this area support some kind of egalitarian policy as regard the distribution of health care, although details may vary. The principles that do not are for various reasons not appropriate as principles of justice within health care, or so I will argue. Given that this is accepted, and egalitarian principles and policies are given a special standing within health care, I argue that three problems of justice arise as a result of medical tourism, especially on a global level and in relation between developed and developing countries.


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