The concepts of individualised care and continuity are used in many ways in healthcare. However, these concepts are in conflict with actual choices in healthcare which focus mainly on efficiency, standardization and productivity. In this perspective paper, we analyse the thoughts of three philosophers – Levinas, Baart and Nussbaum – on the important starting points of the doctor-patient consultation. These philosophers talk about concepts such as meeting, attention and equivalence. Based on these considerations, we recommend some additions to a number of vocational training programmes.
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