Health Care and Utilitarianism
In order to analyze David Eddy's argument, "that the objective of health care is to maximize the health of the population served subject to available resources". Let us first examine John Stuart Mill's ethical theory of Utilitarianism.
Mill held two theories on utilitarianism, a normative and a psychological one. Normative views of Mills' include his "principle of utility" which says actions are right if they produce the greatest amount of happiness and pleasure and wrong if they cause displeasure and pain. His psychological theory says people want to live in harmony with their fellow man…
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