Health care and Rawls’s theory of justice Singapore : a case study
Soh, Ming Li
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The principles of distributive justice instruct the proportioning of finite public resources and can be used to legitimize a particular social arrangement. This paper seeks to evaluate whether the distribution of health care resources (quality, cost, freedom of choice) in Singapore is just. It begins with a review of John Rawls’s seminal work A Theory of Justice, which forms the foundational model of justice for this inquiry, and an examination of the uniqueness of health care as a social good. Two features of the Singapore health care system, the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) and the Medisave-Medishield-Medifund (3M) financing framework, are then discussed and evaluated for the extent to which they improve systemic justice in health care. A brief comparison is made with two other models of health care financing: the free market and egalitarian models.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University