What Arguments for or against prioritizing health care workers?
- Known risk argument against prioritization
- The reciprocity argument for prioritzation
- The Utilitarian Argument for prioritization
The known risk argument
P1: Health care workers (HCW)have wilingly accepted some level of personal risk as part of their job
P2: If HCW have willingly accepetd personal risks as part of their job then they should not recieve special treatment when they are harmed by those risk
C1: HCWs hsould not receive special treatment when they are harmed by the risks they’ve willignly accepted
P3: Giving HCWs priority care for COVID-19 would be giving them special treatment for the risk they’ve willingly accepted
C2: HCWs should not receive priority care for COVID-19
Biltzer rejects this arguemnt because he thinks just casue they have willingly accepted personal risk doesnt mean that they dont also deserve special treatments when they get sick, speicla if they get sick while helping others
Rejects The Known Risk argument against prioritizing HCW
P1: Health care workers have willingly accepted some level of personal risk as part of their job to help others
P2: If HCW have willingly accepted personal risks as part of their job to help others, then we should adequately compensate them for taking those risks for the sake of others
C1: We should adequately compensateHCWs for taking risks for the sake of others
P3: Adequately compensating HCWs for taking risks for the sak eof others involves giving them priority care for COVID-19
C2: HCWs should receive priority care for COVID-19
The reciprocity Argument for prioritizing HCWs
What two arguments are backward looking?
- The Known Risks arguemnt
- The Reciprocity Argument
What are backwards looking arguments?
Take into account past actions to be morally relevant for determing how to be treated
How does Chen reject the Reciprocity Argument ?
By generalizing it to essential workers
P1: Giving HCWs priority care for COVID-19 is the only