Saint Martin of Tours in a New World of Medical Ethics
Lamm, Richard D.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1994 Spring; 3(2): 159-167.
...We are spending millions of dollars on esoteric improvements at the margin in American medicine while spending pennies on the access problem where we could buy far more health. We give some people too much healthcare and others too little. We have money for Ecmo machines but not prenatal care. We spend incredible amounts of money on kidney dialysis, but practically nothing on educating people to stop smoking and abusing alcohol. We have far too many MRI machines, but 30% of the women in America give birth without adequate prenatal care in their first trimester. Our duty lies both to the individual and population, to the patient and to all citizens. In a world of unconstrained demands and limited resources, we must adapt ourselves to the new world of medical ethics.
Biomedical Technologies; Common Good; Economics; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Care Reform; Health Insurance; Hospitals; Indigents; Insurance; Kidney Dialysis; Life; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Moral Obligations; Morbidity; Obligations of Society; Physicians; Prenatal Care; Prolongation of Life; Public Policy; Resource Allocation; Rights; Smoking; Values;
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