The Individual in Mainstream Health Economics: A Case of Persona Non-grata
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- Davis, J.B. & McMaster, R. Health Care Anal (2007) 15: 195. doi:10.1007/s10728-007-0044-x
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This paper is motivated by Davis’  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.