, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 249-251
Date: 31 Oct 2012

Jennifer Prah Ruger: Health and social justice

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Jennifer Prah Ruger is an Associate Professor at Yale University. Her research include areas such as global health justice, global health governance, health and social justice, health financing, and insurance, health systems, and economic development.

In Health and Social Justice, she deals with medicine, bioethics, economics, philosophy, law, and political science. Ruger presents a new theoretical model of universal health care. She calls this model “health capability paradigm”: an original synthesis of all these disciplines that illuminates a way forward toward a more rational health policy and health policy process.

“Being healthy,” writes Amartya Sen in his compelling foreword to Ruger’s book, “can add to our capability to do things” (p. viii). This seemingly obvious statement deeply explains the Ruger paradigm’s aim: to demonstrate that health is not only a fundamental human right but also an important asset for our societies because one who is healthy can help others using his or h ...