Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 67–76 | Cite as

Priority rules as solutions to conflicting health care rights

  • Anna-Karin AnderssonEmail author
  • Frode Lindemark
  • Kjell Arne Johansson
Scientific Contribution


Recent health legislation in Norway significantly increases access to specialist care within a legally binding time frame. The paper describes the contents of the new legislation and introduces some of the challenges with proliferations of rights to health care. The paper describes some of the challenges associated with the proliferation of legal rights to health care. It explains the benefits of assessing the new law in the light of a rights framework. It then analyses the problematic aspects of establishing additional priority rules as solutions to rights conflicts. It then defends adequacy criteria for acceptable priority rules when such rules are unavoidable. It finally defends our proposed method and explores concrete applications.


Health law Prioritization Public health Rights 



The authors gratefully acknowledge insightful and constructive comments from Jeremy Aidem and two referees of this journal. Gopal Sreenivasan, Peter Vallentyne, and participants of the work-in-progress seminar at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, The University of Bergen, provided very valuable comments on previous versions of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna-Karin Andersson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frode Lindemark
    • 1
  • Kjell Arne Johansson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Research Group on Global Health PrioritiesThe University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Research and Development, Haukeland University HospitalHelse Bergen HFBergenNorway

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