Healthcare is a topic that speaks broadly to the values and institutions that any society sets in place for the administration and care of its population. Issues raised in this area range across a wide spectrum of discussions that include reflection on the common good, definitions of health, the ends of medicine, the Judeo-Christian Hippocratic tradition, economics, and paradigms of healthcare allocation and management, along with systems of administration.


  • Michael Cox, “Metaphors in Medicine: Toward Transformation in Care.”
  • Lauris Kaldjian, “Practicing Medicine and Ethics.”
  • Susan Haack, “The Promises and Perils of Technological Progress in Healthcare.”
  • Ferdinand Yates, Jr., “Go Home, Someone Else Will Do It.”
  • Heather Zeiger, “Big Data in Medicine.”
  • Sharon Falkenheimer, “The Adequacy of Preventive Health Care: Does the Health Care Provider Matter?”
  • Teresa Collett, “Protecting the Healthcare Provider’s Right of Conscience.”


Healthcare (General)

  • Ashley, Benedict M., Jean De Blois, and Kevin D. O'Rourke. Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis. 5th ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006.***
  • Avalos, Hector. Health Care and the Rise of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999.***
  • Baillie, Harold W., ed. Health Care Ethics. 6th ed. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2013.
  • Barr, Donald A. Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethinicity, and Health. 2nd ed. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2014.
  • Cribb, Alan. Health and the Good Society: Setting Healtcare Ethics in Social Context. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Downing, Raymond. Biohealth: Beyond Medicalization, Imposing Health. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.
  • Eyal, Nir M., ed. Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures, and Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Ferngren, Gary B. Medicine & Health Care in Early Christianity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.***
  • Gill, Robin. Health Care and Christian Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.***
  • Grainger, Joanne, and John Ozolins. Foundations of Healthcare Ethics: Theory to Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Hamel, Ron, ed. Making Health Care Decisions: A Catholic Guide. Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2006.***
  • Illingworth, Patricia, and Wendy Parmet. Ethical Health Care. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Kelly, David F., Gerard Magill, and Henk ten Have. Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.**
  • Kilner, John F., Robert D. Orr, and Judith Allen Shelly, eds. The Changing Face of Health Care: A Christian Appraisal of Managed Care, Resource Allocation, and Patient-Caregiver Relationships. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.***
  • Lynch, Holly Fernandez. Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
  • McDonough, Mary Joan. Can a Health Care Market Be Moral? A Catholic Vision. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.***
  • Morreim, E. Haavi. Balancing Act: The New Medical Ethics of Medicine's New Economics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1995.
  • Morrison, Eileen E., and Elizabeth Furlong, eds. Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014.
  • Schramme, Thomas, ed. New Perspectives on Paternalism and Health Care. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Thobaben, James R. Health-Care Ethics: A Comprehensive Christian Resource. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.***
  • Thompson, Andrew, and Norman J. Temple. Ethics, Medical Research, and Medicine: Commercialism versus Environmentalism and Social Justice. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
  • Uustal, Diann B. Clinical Ethics and Values: Issues and Insights in a Changing Healthcare Environment. 2nd ed. Jamestown, RI: Educational Resources in HealthCare, 1993.
  • Watt, Helen. Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics: A Short Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Healthcare Administration

  • Filerman, Gary L., Ann E. Mills, and Paul M. Schyve, eds. Managerial Ethics in Healthcare: A New Perspective. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2014.
  • Hester, D. Micah, and Toby Schonfeld, eds. Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Solomon, Mildred Z. and Ann Bonham, eds. Ethical Oversight of Learning Health Care Systems. Hastings Center Special Report, v.43, issue s1. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Perry, Frankie. The Tracks We Leave: Ethics & Management Dilemmas in Healthcare. 2nd ed. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2014.
  • Post, Linda Farber, and Jeffrey Blustein. Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  • Weber, Leonard J. Business Ethics in Healthcare: Beyond Compliance. Medical Ethics. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.


  • Allen, James F. Health Law & Medical Ethics for Healthcare Professionals. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • Barr, Donald A. Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America. 3rd. ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
  • Chadwick, Ruth, Henk ten Have, and Erick Mark Meslin, eds. The Sage Handbook of Health Care Ethics: Core and Emerging Issues. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011.
  • Furrow, Barry R., Thomas L. Greaney, Sandra H. Johnson, Timothy S. Jost, and Robert L. Schwartz. Bioethics: Health Care Law and Ethics. 7th ed. St. Paul: West, 2013.
  • Hall, Mark A., Ira Mark Ellman, and David Orentlicher. Health Care Law and Ethics in a Nutshell. 3rd ed. St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2011.
  • Joly, Yann, and Bartha Maria Knoppers, eds. Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Textbooks and Case Studies

  • Ashley, Benedict M., and Kevin D. O'Rourke. Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002.
  • Baillie, Harold W., John McGeehan, Thomas M. Garrett, and Rosellen M. Garrett, eds. Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2012.
  • Devettere, Raymond J. Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics: Cases and Concepts. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010.
  • Panicola, Michael R., David M Belde, John Paul Slosar, and Mark F. Repenshek, eds. Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues, and Controversial Cases. Revised and expanded. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2011.***
  • Valadares, Kevin. Ethics and Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society: A Casebook. St. Louis: Hunt, 2012.

Out of Print

  • Evans, Abigail Rian. Redeeming Marketplace Medicine: A Theology of Health Care. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1999.***
  • Hinderer, Drew, and Sara Hinderer. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Care Ethics. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Pub, 2001.

For additional related material see the Clinical & Medical Ethics, Research Ethics, and Public Policy Bibliographies.

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