Policy makers unavoidably bring their own emotions and individual ethical principles to these matters affecting the universal human experiences of suffering and death. In addition, policy makers are obliged to abide by another set of ethical principles: the principles of justice that establish what is ethically right with respect to the governance of society. This Article examines these principles of justice. What principles should guide public policy decisions in the realm of universal experiences? In particular, what principles of justice should guide public policy makers contemplating reform of the national health care delivery system?
Health care reform, Public welfare, Medical ethics