Age and the allocation of medical resources

Helga Kuhse, Peter Singer

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How are we to decide where our scarce medical resources are most effectively spent? The notion of a quality-adjusted-life-year has been proposed as a way of doing this. Some economists appear to think that this can be done without making ethical assumptions. We examine the application of this notion to the treatment of premature newborns, and especially to comparisons between the value of medical care for newborns, and the value of medical care for older people. We find that some highly questionable ethical assumptions are inovled in such comparisons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-116
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Elderly
  • Health care
  • Justice
  • Resource allocation


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