Health Care Analysis

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 129–133 | Cite as

Is caring a viable component of health care?

  • Samuel Gorovitz
Original Paper


The attitudes and behaviours that constitute caring affect both the quality of the patient's experience and the outcomes of medical care. They can be identified and can be nurtured or discouraged by the structures of organisation and financing within which health care is provided. They have costs, so their viability is threatened as pressures increase to make health care more economically efficient. Yet the value of caring behaviour may justify what is necessary to sustain it. This issue deserves prompt and extensive debate as health care systems undergo revision throughout the world.


Public Health Health Care Medical Care Health Care System Extensive Debate 
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© John Wiley & Sons, Ltd 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Gorovitz
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  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy and Public AdministrationSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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