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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 16, Issue 2, Summer 2016

Paul Babcock
Pages 273-292

Paying Workers as if People Mattered

This article examines capitalist, socialist, and solidarist wage theories to determine which theory is best suited to our health care system. It argues for solidarist wage theory, which is based on Catholic social teaching, relying on the notion that wages are inexorably entwined with providing for oneself and one’s family as a consequence of the Fall. It then discusses several unique features of health care wages that threaten the sustainability of the system, and explores how application of the solidarist model can address these problems.