2008 issue 1


Volume 17, issue 1


Why is mental health a factor important for economy?

Friedhelm Hengsbach SJ1
1. Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt/Main
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2008; 17 (1): 7-13
Keywords: health, market economy


Objectives. In a polemic with liberal economists the author argues why health as a good is not the same as many other goods.
Review. In his opinion loss of health is a large-scale social risk and for this reason it should be solidarily protected. This implies that market and competitiveness are of secondary importance for the supply of health conceived as a good.
Conclusions. Free market economy as a regulatory mechanism cannot replace the solidarity principle, since the latter proved to be the best, due to the particular nature of the good in the form of health (eds.).

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