Age-rationing and the just distribution of health care: Is there a duty to die?

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities; School of Medicine
Department Internal Medicine; Philosophy
Creator Battin, Margaret P.
Title Age-rationing and the just distribution of health care: Is there a duty to die?
Date 1987-01
Description The author analyzes the argument that a policy involving distributive justice in the allocation of scarce health care resources, based on the strategy of rational self interest maximation under a veil of ignorance (Rawls/Daniels), would result in an age rationing system of voluntary, socially encouraged, direct termination of the lives of the elderly rather than their medical abandonment. She maintains that such a policy would be a fair response only in a situation of substantial scarcity of resources that cannot be relieved without introducing greater injustices. Battin suggests that some of the current pressure on resources could be reduced by pruning waste and the expenses attributable to paternalistic imposition of treatment and to the practice of defensive medicine. She also advocates reconsideration of societal priorities assigned to various social goods.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 97
Issue 2
First Page 317
Last Page 340
Subject Health care providers; Death; Euthanasia
Subject MESH Aged; Delivery of Health Care; Ethics
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Battin, M.P. (1987). Age-rationing and the just distribution of health care: is there a duty to die? Ethics, 97(2), 317-40.
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