The proliferation of medical technology during the past decade has doubtless surpassed that of any other recent period. We have witnessed and are continuing to witness rapid advances in human genetic engineering, reproductive technology, and biomedical intervention in the life process. Our population has benefitted from this technology as a result of its ability to extend the life of individuals, particularly the elderly sector of our society. This technological proliferation has caused philosophers, physicians, engineers, and policy strategists to focus upon questions of ethics and mortality relating to their application. In approaching the ethics of rationing, consideration must be given to both the deontological concepts of the individual and the utilitarian principles of societal preservation. This article continues a discussion of the issues of resource allocation that was begun in the February 1994 issue of Physician Executive.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Mar 1994|
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