The Medical Care Crisis: Seeking a Jewish Approach

By David A. Teutsch

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2003

The author explores the realm of health care as it relates to Jewish concerns. He asserts that Jewish tradition recognizes a collective and individual duty to help people heal in addition to acknowledging the modern reliance on secular institutions to fulfill some if not all of that duty. The author looks at issues like malpractice settlements within a Jewish context to illuminate how the community might approach such an issue in terms of whether to cap the size of tort settlements. He concludes by focusing on the distribution of care and asserting that challenges like this necessitate a strengthening of dialogue and continual focus on asking questions that hopefully will lead to prudential and moral judgments.

Topic: Morality, Policy, Ethics, Health and Healing, Discourse and Dialogue

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: vol.68/no.1

Page Number(s): 66-71

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Teutsch, David A. The Medical Care Crisis: Seeking a Jewish Approach. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2003: 66-71. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4725


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