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Is There a Right to Health or Health Care, and What Does It Entail?

Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Public Lecture

Norman Daniels, Harvard University



Stibbs Room
Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC)
Tulane University
Uptown Campus


Lack of affordable health care continues to plague many Americans. Although Congress passed legislation intended to remedy this situation, the fate of this legislation remains undecided as some law-makers seek to have it repealed. At the heart of the debate are two questions: do we, in fact, have a right to health care? And if so, what does such a right entail? These are the questions which Norman Daniels addresses in his lecture.

For more on the lecture, please see this New Wave story.

This lecture was originally scheduled for February 4, 2011 and canceled because of travel restrictions due to severe weather in the Northeast. We are grateful to Professor Daniels for working with us to reschedule the lecture.

About the Speaker

Norman Daniels is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health.

He is the author of eleven books, including Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly (Cambridge, 2008), which integrates his work into a comprehensive theory of justice for health.

Professor Daniels served as a member of the Ethics Working Group of the Clinton White House Health Care Task Force and recently served on an Institute of Medicine Committee on the Use of Cost Effectiveness Analysis in regulatory contexts. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Commission and on the Ethics Advisory Board of the CDC.

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