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Title: Values and health care: The confucian dimension in health care reform
Authors: Lim, M.-K. 
Keywords: Confucianism
East Asia
Health care reform
Singapore Health system
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Citation: Lim, M.-K. (2012-12). Values and health care: The confucian dimension in health care reform. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom) 37 (6) : 545-555. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Are values and social priorities universal, or do they vary across geography, culture, and time? This question is very relevant to Asia's emerging economies that are increasingly looking at Western models for answers to their own outmoded health care systems that are in dire need of reform. But is it safe for them to do so without sufficient regard to their own social, political, and philosophical moorings? This article argues that historical and cultural legacies influence prevailing social values with regard to health care financing and resource allocation, and that the Confucian dimension provides a helpful entry point for a deeper understanding of ongoing health care reforms in East Asia - as exemplified by the unique case of Singapore. © The Author 2012.
Source Title: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom)
ISSN: 03605310
DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jhs048
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