J Med Ethics 38:243-246 doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100071
  • Theoretical ethics
  • Paper

Dworkin's prudent insurance ideal: two revisions

  1. A Faik Kurtulmus
  1. Correspondence to A Faik Kurtulmus, Sabancı University, Istanbul 34956, Turkey; afaikkurtulmus{at}
  1. Contributors AFK is the sole contributor.

  • Received 30 June 2011
  • Revised 23 August 2011
  • Accepted 2 October 2011
  • Published Online First 21 November 2011


This article offers two revisions to Dworkin's ‘prudent insurance ideal’, which aims to account for justice in the distribution of healthcare so that (a) it can deal with market failures in healthcare and (b) when applied to unjust societies it addresses health problems caused by injustice in a fair manner.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.