by Susan Mathews, Bioethics Program Alumna (2014)
Healthcare spending in the U.S. is expected to grow by more than 5 percent annually over the next ten years. Should that prediction hold true, by 2023 health care spending will account for a fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, this level of spending is not sustainable and physicians, policymakers and patients will be forced to make difficult choices about how to ration limited medical resources.
How should the principle of distributive justice, one of the four tenets of medical ethics, guide decisions about the dreaded ‘R’ word: rationing of medical resources?
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[This post is a summary of an article published on Life Matters Media on December 13, 2014. The contents of this blog are solely the responsibility of the author and do not represent the views of the Bioethics Program or Union Graduate College.]