McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
JAMES PATRICK BAILEY
PETER IKECHUKWU OSUJI
FREEDOM, AKAN, NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN GHANA, SACRAMENT, THEOLOGY OF THE BODY, POVERTY, CENTRAL HUMAN CAPABILITY, HOSPITALS, VOCATION, INSTITUTIONS
Life and quality healthcare delivery are central parts of the well-being of the human person. However, despite the political and socio-economic the successes that Ghana has chalked in pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary times, the quality of healthcare delivery in Ghana could be described as sub-standard. In this a context, the Capabilities Approach, “The Theology of the Body” and the Akan indigenous understanding of the human person emerge as an integrated formidable tool to enhancing life and quality healthcare as central part of the human person. This is because “The capabilities approach – in both its comparative and it’s normative version – brings moral philosophy into development economics, asks questions about ethical norms and standards of justice by asking people to consider what makes for a minimally just society.” According to the capabilities approach, a minimally just society, for example, would be a society in which each individual has the freedom and the ability to choose from the available opportunities of equitable and accessible quality healthcare delivery in order “to be” and “to do”, that is, the capability to function in a society.
This thesis reinforces the relevance of the above questions by demonstrating the extent to which Ghana can be described as a minimally just society based on the evaluation of the direct bearing that these questions have on the quality of healthcare delivery in Ghana.
These questions of quality healthcare delivery are drawn from the perspectives and roles played by the patients, health workers and government and private institutions who are recognized as the three main players in the giving and receiving of health in Ghana. Such assessments will help expose the weaknesses of the Ghanaian health system in order to suggest theological implications and solutions that aim at making quality, accessible and equitable healthcare delivery a priority for all Ghanaians.
Esibu, P. E. (2021). Justice, Human Dignity and the Capabilities Approach: A Moral Assessment on Ghana’s Health Care Delivery System (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1975
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