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p. 263. Why undervaluing ‘statistical’ people costs liveslocked

  • Tony Hope

Abstract

‘Why undervaluing ‘statistical’ people costs lives’ considers the general question of how our limited health care resources should be distributed, which is one of the most important in medical ethics. The quality and quantity of thousands of people's lives will be affected by the answers that are given. With an exclusive focus on life-extending treatments, such as providing statins to patients with raised cholesterol levels and renal dialysis for patients with kidney failure, the distribution problem and ‘rule of rescue’ are discussed. It is argued that that the lesson we should learn from our empathy for those in need of rescue is to widen our moral imaginations.

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