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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

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FORTES, Paulo Antônio de Carvalho. Equity in the health system according to brazilian bioethicists. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2010, vol.56, n.1, pp.47-50. ISSN 0104-4230.

OBJECTIVE: To understand the meaning assigned to ethical thought that should guide Brazilian bioethicists regarding the equity of a Health System. METHODS: Between July 2007 and July 2008, 20 bioethicists, directors and former directors of the 'Sociedade Brasileira de Bioética' (Bioethics Brazilian Society) and their regional administrations were interviewed. RESULTS: Discourse analysis led to definition of these main points: To treat the unequals unequally according to their needs; Compensate equity and inequalities; Distributive justice and maximization of benefits; Justice and social merit and Justice and rights. CONCLUSION: Research results disclose a pluralism of values that jeopardizes determination of moral equity in the health system., Exhausting dialogues among all interested parties are necessary to reach a possible consensus.

Keywords : Bioethics; Equity; Health Systems.

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