Resource Allocation: Justice and Resource Allocation in Public Health

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Ideally, justice should determine how a society's resources are allocated among the important needs for expenditures on social goods such as public health, education, defense, safety, transportation, law enforcement, the arts, and clinical medicine. Yet, the requirements of justice are hard to define. This article describes prominent theories of justice and describes key principles that should guide public health policies and allocation of public health resources. By discussing a variety of public health issues, including the Ebola crisis and the Flint, Michigan, water debacle, it explains how principles of justice can be applied in a variety of public health decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
StatePublished - 6 Oct 2016


  • 9/11
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Ebola
  • Efficacy
  • Emergencies
  • Equality
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Flu vaccine
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Justice
  • Public good
  • Public health
  • Resource allocation
  • Trust
  • Well-being


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