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2001

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Medicine and Health Sciences

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Setting Limits: Medical Technology And The Law, George P. Smith Ii Jan 2001

Setting Limits: Medical Technology And The Law, George P. Smith Ii

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The allocation and rationing of health care resources is, no doubt, one of the most pressing issues confronting contemporary society. These issues considered from a micro and a macro level of economic analysis are linked inextricably to utilitarianism which, in turn, relies upon a cost-benefit analysis which balances reasonable individual needs against the availability of medical resources within the larger community. From an ethical viewpoint, the cost-benefit approach to the distribution of health care resources is impractical because it seeks to reduce (or convert) all health benefits to dollar amounts, thereby seeking very awkwardly to convert quality of life benefits ...