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date: 21 May 2019

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This chapter examines ethical considerations related to policy change and health reform, and contrasts ethical reasoning with the policy process. The chapter begins by defining two broad ethical approaches for health policy: a teleological approach and a deontological approach. These are then discussed with reference to specific key ethical considerations for health policy. The next section shows how ethical concerns can motivate policy change and health reform. Examples include health policies from the United States, Mexico, and India. The chapter ends with a discussion of a common model of the policy process and compares it to ethical reasoning.

Keywords: health policy, health reform, ethical reasoning, United States, India, Mexico, teleological, deontological, public health ethics

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