This month, Oxford University Press publishes Prevention vs. Treatment: What’s the Right Balance? (Halley S. Faust & Paul T. Menzel eds.). The volume collects essays by, among others, lawyers and religious ethicists on the proper balance between preventative and curative care in government health spending. The collection is of particular relevance in this time of increased government healthcare regulation and the possibility of real nationalized healthcare in the United States. It offers both legal and spiritual-ethical guidance as to how government should structure its healthcare-spending priorities. See OUP‘s description below:
Everyone knows the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but we seem not to live by it. In the Western world’s health care it is commonly observed that prevention is underfunded while treatment attracts greater overall priority. This book explores this observation by examining the actual spending on prevention, the history of health policies and structural features that affect prevention’s apparent relative lack of emphasis, the values that may justify priority for treatment or for prevention, and the religious and cultural traditions that have shaped the moral relationship between these two types of care.Economists, scholars of public health and preventive medicine, philosophers, lawyers, and religious ethicists contribute specific sophisticated discussions.