Sustainability, Equal Treatment, and Temporal Neutrality
Temporal neutrality, Distributive justice, Prognosis principle, Equal treatment principle
Sturm College of Law
Addressing distributive justice issues in health policy—ranging from the allocation of health system funding to the allocation of scarce COVID-19 interventions like intensive care unit beds and vaccines—involves the application of ethical principles. Should a principle of sustainability be among them? I suggest that while the value of temporal neutrality underlying such a principle is compelling, it is already implicit in the more basic principle of equal treatment.
Govind Persad, Sustainability, Equal Treatment, and Temporal Neutrality, 47 J. Med. Ethics 106 (2021).