a time where health care challenges are being debated by members
of Congress and media pundits, it may be appropriate to read or
powerful primer on Catholic social doctrine that addresses the
infinite value of human life and teachings that health care is a
basic human right. This is also a text in which the author
comments on the teachings of such leaders as St. Augustine, St.
Thomas Aquinas. Pope Leo XIII , Pope Paul VI, and St. Pope
John Paul II.
The chapters of her book address
Care Economics Theory ,Market Mechanisms, and Health Care
The Market Organization Approach to Health Care
The Value Dimension Approach to Health Care, and A
Catholic Vision of Health Care
Justice in Catholic Social Thought.,
Catholic Social Thought on Capitalism
and Health Care,
Mary McDonough provides us with an insight into the
factors driving health care costs, the Catholic health care
system in the United States, whether the market or
governments should be in charge of financing and
distribution of health care, and whether some market
practices are compatible with Catholic social thought.
She also address the ways in which health, life, suffering
and death are interpreted by governments and economists.
The author concludes that "So often in life we are called
to believe in a loving Trinitarian God whom we are to
imitate by doing justice which requires much of us. When it
comes to health care, the most fundamental requirement is
that some basic level of health care be accessible to
all. If such a system of health care is to exists and is
able to provide minimal care so that humans are given a
chance to develop fully, the system must have adequate
financing to ensure its survival."