B. Andrew Lustig, Ph.D.; The Common Good in a Secular Society: The Relevance of a Roman Catholic Notion to the Healthcare Allocation Debate. J Med Philos 1993; 18 (6): 569-587. doi: 10.1093/jmp/18.6.569
This essay analyzes Roman Catholic social teaching on the right to health care and the legitimacy of healthcare rationing. It considers that discussion at two levels: (1) the specific warrants that undergird key terms; and (2) the accessibility and applicability of those warrants to policy choices in a secular society. The essay concludes with a number of broader reflections meant to reserve an appropriate place for religious voices in the process of policy-making, as distinguished from its justification.