How should states and international organizations allocate global health resources? Nicole Hassoun, associate professor of philsophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York, said that it is important to develop new models for evaluating allocations of health-related resources.
Financial resources devoted to health care are limited by political decisions and wealth. The choice of allocation method has implications for who lives and dies, and better allocation has the potential to help save millions of lives.
"Empirical research supported by appropriate theoretical inquiry and deliberative processes can let us make progress in applying decision criteria as well as constructing them," said Hassoun. "We believe that by combining theories of what is good and theories of what is just, we can make progress on alleviating need where it will have the greatest impact."