Values and ethics amidst the economic crisis
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 23, no 5, 723-724 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
The current protracted economic crisis is giving rise to the scarcity of public health resources across Europe. In response to budgetary pressures and the Eurozone public debt crisis, decision-makers resort to a short-term solution: the introduction of austerity measures in diverse policy fields. Health and social policy tend to be easy targets in this regard and budget cuts often include a reduction of healthcare expenditure or social welfare benefits. We suggest incorporating discussions from the field of ethics in policy making processes and in the academic debate on austerity. This includes recognising procedural justice as a social value. On the road to economic recovery, governments are compelled to resort to fiscal consolidation and austerity packages but decisions taken to save our European ships in crisis should be anchored in values such as (procedural) justice, equity and solidarity.
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Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 23, no 5, 723-724 p.
Austerity, Europe, Health, Ethics, Values
Nursing Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-1916DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt115PubMedID: 23851645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-1916DiVA: diva2:862433
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