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Justice - Lecture 16

Lecture 16 - The Problem of Health Insurance

- Gladwell distinguishes actuarial from social insurance. How is Dworkin's insurance model connected to that distinction?
- Why does Dworkin have us choose an insurance system without knowing our health status? What moral idea is expressed in that feature of his hypothetical insurance system? Should health insurance be based on individual situation and risk, or should there be some form of sharing of risks?
- Are Emanuel and Fuchs right to think that a commitment to liberty provides strong support for a voucher system?
- What is moral hazard? How has the concern about moral hazard shaped health insurance in the United States? Is Gladwell right to think that it is not such a large problem?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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