Public Health - ethical issues

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The Nordic Committee on Bioethics organised a conference in Reykjavik in August 2010 to discuss ethical issues relating to public health. The speakers of the conference have contributed to this book, which offers wide multidisciplinary perspectives on themes around Individual Freedom and Public Health, Health Responsibility and Life Style, and Social Equality and Justice.



Fair versus Efficient: Debunking a False Dichotomy

In August of 2010 the Nordic Committee on Bioethics held a conference, in Reykjavik, on ethical issues in public health. Life style, as well as common diseases and other health issues, was on the agenda. In the conference program the following question was posed: „What are the most efficient and fair ways to deal with these problems?” The fact that this question seems anodyne to the average reader betrays the fact that not only the general public, but health professionals and other scholars as well presume that efficiency and fairness – stand-ins for economics and ethics – are, as the question implies, separate phenomena, or perhaps even opposites.


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