Some form of rationing is necessary in medecine, and to use age as a criterion for rationing seems initially appealing.
Many of the criteria currently being used for deciding the distribution of funds depend on subjective judgments.
Age, however, is objective and therefore negates the need for value judgments.
Justice and fairness, it is sometimes suggested, require that finite resources should be directed at young people, who have not had a chance to live their lives, rather than at elderly people, who have already lived most of theirs.
The adoption of ageist policies, however, may not result in the implied savings unless care is also withdrawn.
Furthermore, ageist policies, which deny elderly people treatment on the sole grounds of their age, are both unfair and discriminatory and should therefore be resisted.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sanitaire, Discrimination, Age, Soin, Ethique, Article synthèse, Vieillard, Angleterre, Homme, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health policy, Discrimination, Age, Care, Ethics, Review, Elderly, England, Human, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0336577
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.