Priorities and financial responsibilities in publicly funded healthcare for visual impairments: ethical issues

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Publicly funded health care systems face the challenge of providing an acceptable balance between economic efficiency, social justice and comprehensive care. The limits of publicly funded health care, and issues on how these limits should be set have long been debated. This presentation focuses on health care services for visual disturbances, a field of health care known for its diversity of funding. Most instances of ophthalmic surgery, treatment of acute ophthalmological issues, and medical issues in need of pharmacological treatment, are publicly funded. But refractive disorders, aids such as spectacles and contact lenses and surgical corrections for these disorders, are privately funded even in a country like Sweden, which is otherwise known for its high share of publicly funded health care. With the Swedish context as the starting point, this presentation challenges decisions that have been made regarding financial responsibilities in publicly funded health care aiming at visual disturbances and visual disabilities. The ethical rationale behind these decisions will be examined and this assessment reveals an urgent need for reevaluations of the limit-setting enterprises in publicly funded health care.

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  • Medical Ethics
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 27
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventUNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference: Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law - Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2018 Nov 272018 Nov 29
https://ethics-2018.isas.co.il/scientific-program/

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ConferenceUNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference: Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law
CountryIsrael
CityJerusalem
Period2018/11/272018/11/29
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