The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Chapter 24: Poverty and Indigenous Peoples

Poverty and Indigenous Peoples

Poverty and indigenous peoples

Vulnerability easily comes across as the characteristic that makes poor people and indigenous populations the common subject of this chapter. However, bioethical issues arising in connection with healthcare for indigenous peoples should not have to be seen in the context of poverty. Insofar as their health and well-being are concerned, people could independently be rendered vulnerable by their poverty or by their being members of certain indigenous groups. While indigenous peoples are likely to be less well off economically compared to the general population in which they are situated, the factors affecting their health and well-being have to be understood independently of this fact in order to arrive at an accurate picture of their situation. Vulnerabilities relating to ...

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