Title

The Individual in Mainstream Health Economics: A Case of Persona Non-Grata?

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

16 p.

Publication Date

9-2007

Publisher

Springer

Source Publication

Health Care Analysis

Source ISSN

1065-3058

Abstract

This paper is motivated by Davis’ [14] theory of the individual in economics. Davis’ analysis is applied to health economics, where the individual is conceived as a utility maximiser, although capable of regarding others’ welfare through interdependent utility functions. Nonetheless, this provides a restrictive and flawed account, engendering a narrow and abstract conception of care grounded in Paretian value and Cartesian analytical frames. Instead, a richer account of the socially embedded individual is advocated, which employs collective intentionality analysis. This provides a sound foundation for research into an approach to health policy that promotes health as a basic human right.

Comments

Accepted version. Health Care Analysis, Vol. 15, No. 3 (September 2007): 195-210. DOI. © Springer 2007. Used with permission.

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