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Healthcare Prioritarianism During the Pandemic

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In January 2021, a researcher from the University of Southern Denmark, Department for the Study of Culture, discussed prioritarianism in terms of healthcare, with a particular focus on how the pandemic has shaped these views. The full article by Lasse Nielsen can be found in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Their findings are detailed below.

Prioritarianism refers to a general conception that the worse off someone is, the more it matters to help them. This ideology can be controversial, but it is also considered a widely shared principle applicable to healthcare.

Nielsen identified three forms of healthcare prioritarianism: social justice prioritarianism, severity prioritarianism, and age-weighted prioritarianism.