The Accountant as Triage Master: An Economist's Perspective on Voluntary Euthanasia and the Value of Life Debate
Bioethics. 1987 Jul; 1(3): 226-240.
The author, an economist, rebuts the contention that human life cannot and should not be economically evaluated and argues that such evaluations are made implicitly and inconsistently, resulting in a reduction of human welfare. He presents an economic framework for the analysis of costs and benefits in which the focal point, as in most value systems, is the tradeoff between life and quality of life. Therefore, as the quality of life decreases, society's efforts to preserve life should decrease. If the valuation of life includes self evaluation, then there should be less effort to preserve the life of an individual who wishes to die. Richardson concludes that voluntary euthanasia is a limiting case in which society accepts the individual's valuation of life. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Economic Value of Life; Economics; Euthanasia; Evaluation; Health; Health Care; Life; Methods; Quality Adjusted Life Years; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Right to Die; Selection for Treatment; Triage; Value of Life; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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