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ZUNIGA-FAJURI, Alejandra. The distribution of healthcare scarce resources based on the Theory of needs; an old idea?. Convergencia [online]. 2014, vol.21, n.64, pp.245-252. ISSN 2448-5799.

This paper discusses the moral dilemmas associated with the distribution of scarce resources, such as healthcare, in regard to Marx's principle of needs. It seeks to respond to the difficulties that conceptualization and boundaries of the concept of needs involve. We also study the ethical implications of giving space to personal responsibility or efficiency for the purpose of allocating scarce resources. We conclude, from the perspective of the analytical Marxism, that the satisfaction of basic necessities should prevail over distribution based on personal responsibility and individual contribution.

Keywords : health; scarce resources; distribution; moral dilemmas.

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