Distributive justice and regenerative medicine

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Many countries have identified regenerative medicine as a strategic priority, and have thus launched a range of initiatives to facilitate innovation in the field. This perspective paper argues that several initiatives involve resource distributions that could impinge on widely accepted egalitarian notions of fairness and justice that underpin current healthcare systems. Specifically, this paper focuses on five initiatives, and argues that these initiatives reflect a largely unacknowledged utilitarian perspective on distributive justice. The intention of this paper is not to argue against these initiatives, but rather to stimulate an open discussion on what qualifies as a just and fair system of resource distribution, so that the regenerative medicine field can responsibly deliver on its clinical potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-874
Number of pages10
JournalRegenerative Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • bioethics
  • distributive justice
  • policy
  • regulation
  • reimbursement

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