Solidarity in health care derives its societal and legal meaning from its relationship with the principle of justice: equal access to medical care and treatment. Justice and solidarity are also closely linked in the discourse among participants in the CitizenLab. They are often mentioned in the same breath.
Nevertheless, they are two different principles. For citizens, solidarity is based more on society: everyone contributes and society takes responsibility for the needs (see above). Justice is based on the unequal needs of the individual and is translated into everyone’s right to accessible health care that meets those needs. In other words, the individual should have a claim on society to show solidarity on the basis of the principle of justice.
Justice does not, however, only concern everyone’s right to have access to high-quality health care. For the participants in the CitizenLab, the principle also refers to creating ‘equal opportunities for all’. The public health insurance system must therefore deal appropriately with the inequalities that come into being between people in the area of health, not only by giving them access to the same standard of health care, but also by using health care to give everyone an equal opportunity (as far as possible) to live a good and healthy life.