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L'éthique (médicale) est elle soluble dans le calcul économique?

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  • Olivier Thevenon

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  • Philippe Batifoulier

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This article aims to explain medical ethics with tools of the economic theory. It first considers how economic concepts of preference or “social capital” may be referred to explain ethical attitude of a physician. It presents an evaluation of the relevance of economic calculus (costadvantage analysis) in making ethics an economic item. An original analysis of ethics as an “interpretative frame” is proposed. Implications on the role of institutions and health policy are then derived: institutions are viewed as frames for evaluation of agents and not pure prescription of behaviours.

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  • Olivier Thevenon & Philippe Batifoulier, 2003. "L'éthique (médicale) est elle soluble dans le calcul économique?," Post-Print hal-00442960, HAL.
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    1. Philippe Abecassis & Philippe Batifoulier, 2007. "L'éthique médicale peut-elle être indépendante de la politique économique ?," EconomiX Working Papers 2007-21, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    2. Philippe Batifoulier & Nicolas Da Silva, 2014. "The economic behaviour of doctors: medical altruism without an ethic?," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-9, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    3. Jeanne Lievaut & Philippe Batifoulier, 2011. "La transformation des actes gratuits en actes payants en médecine libérale. Une étude micro-économétrique longitudinale," EconomiX Working Papers 2011-12, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.

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