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Health Care Anal. 2007 Sep;15(3):195-210. Epub 2007 Apr 5.

The individual in mainstream health economics: a case of Persona Non-grata.

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University of Amsterdam and Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, John.davis@mu.edu.

Abstract

This paper is motivated by Davis' [14] theory of the individual in economics. Davis' analysis is applied to health economics, where the individual is conceived as a utility maximiser, although capable of regarding others' welfare through interdependent utility functions. Nonetheless, this provides a restrictive and flawed account, engendering a narrow and abstract conception of care grounded in Paretian value and Cartesian analytical frames. Instead, a richer account of the socially embedded individual is advocated, which employs collective intentionality analysis. This provides a sound foundation for research into an approach to health policy that promotes health as a basic human right.

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17922197
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10.1007/s10728-007-0044-x
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