In Minn. and Mass., No Transplants for the Sickest?
Hastings Center Report. 1985 Apr; 15(2): 2-3.
The Minnesota Coalition on Health Care Costs and the Massachusetts Task Force on Organ Transplantation have recommended independently that, given the cost of organ transplants and the shortage of available organs, the selection of eligible recipients should be based on the estimated length and quality of life that the transplant can provide. When not enough organs are available, final selection from those eligible should be by a random process without regard to social worth. The task forces also considered the roles of health insurers, hospital ethics committees, and the public in organ procurement and allocation, and the relevance of geographic and financial eligibility in selecting organ recipients. (KIE abstract)
Age Factors; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Costs and Benefits; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Health; Health Care; Hospitals; Hospital Ethics Committees; Insurance; Life; Organ Transplantation; Organ Procurement; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Random Selection; Resource Allocation; Scarcity; Selection for Treatment; Social worth; Socioeconomic Factors; Standards; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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