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Rationing Medical Care on the Basis of Age

The Moral Dimensions, 1st Edition

By Eric Matthews, Elizabeth Russell

CRC Press

176 pages

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"Rationing Medical Care on the Basis of Age" explores this highly topical issue and presents a critical argument on the nature of the possible crisis. Its in-depth philosophical analysis of the main ethical positions adopts an interdisciplinary and international approach. This book is important reading for healthcare policy makers and shapers and healthcare managers. Academics in ethics, philosophy, economics, and all healthcare disciplines will find it useful, as will public health specialists, health economists, and social scientists with an interest in health and medicine. The authors of this book have opened up significant new perspectives on many important issues which in practice confront politicians, managers, professionals, patients and the public today. They have done this moreover in a way that is highly accessible to a non-specialist readership.

Reviews

"'The importance and originality of this book is that it now supplies a clearly argued ethical analysis of the complex medical, social and moral dimensions of this perceived crisis, leaving attentive readers in no doubt that the fundamental questions raised for society are indeed moral ones. The authors of this book have opened up significant new perspectives on many important issues which in practice confront politicians, managers, professionals, patients and the public today. They have done this moreover in a way that is highly accessible to a non-specialist readership. Eric Matthews and Elizabeth Russell are to be congratulated on this major achievement, and this book is to be highly commended to everyone concerned with the future of health care.' Kenneth Boyd, in his foreword"

Table of Contents

Perception of crisis. The costs of aging. The moral foundations of publicly funded medical care. Ethics and the crisis. Daniels and the 'Prudent Lifespan' account. Ethics and resource allocation. Callahan and the significance of age. Critique of Callahan. Crisis of aging? Policy implications.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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MEDICAL / General
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MEDICAL / Administration