Theories/principles to public health

Discuss the application of the following ethical theories/principles to public health. Provide recent examples within the field of public health which are consistent or inconsistent with these principles:

Utilitarianism
Distributive Justice
Paternalism
Selgelid (2009) wrote:

While public health ethicists often claim that the least restrictive alternative should be used to achieve the public health goal in question, I argue that a plausible but under-recognized idea is that the least restrictive alternative might sometimes involve improvement of global health via redistributive taxation—i.e., rather than coercive social distancing measures.
What did he mean by this? Provide arguments for and against his position.

 

 

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