From an Ethics of Rationing to an Ethics of Waste Avoidance

Brody, Howard
May 2012
New England Journal of Medicine;5/24/2012, Vol. 366 Issue 21, p1949
Academic Journal
The article discusses the ethics of rationing and waste avoidance in the U.S. health care system. Information on two considerations for the ethics of rationing is provided. It notes that physicians' duty of fidelity to each individual patient, regardless of cost, is the main ethical objection to rationing. The primary drivers of health care costs are technological advances and the aging of the population. It highlights ethical arguments for waste avoidance in health care.


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