One For All, All For One? Collective Representation in Healthcare Policy

Karin Jongsma, Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty, Aviad Raz, Silke Schicktanz

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Healthcare collectives, such as patient organizations, advocacy groups, disability organizations, professional associations, industry advocates, social movements, and health consumer organizations have been increasingly involved in healthcare policymaking. Such collectives are based on the idea that individual interests can be aggregated into collective interests by participation, deliberation, and representation. The topic of collectivity in healthcare, more specifically collective representation, has only rarely been addressed in (Western) bioethics. This symposium, entitled: “Collective Representation in Healthcare Policy” of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry draws attention to this understudied topic from a variety of disciplines, within a variety of socio-cultural contexts. We draw attention to important ethical, cultural, and social questions, and into the practices, justifications for, and implications of collective representation of patients in healthcare policy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)337-340
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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