Extending life for people with a terminal illness: a moral right and an expensive death? Exploring societal perspectives

BMC Medical Ethics 16 (1):14 (2015)
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Rachel Baker
Florida State University
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Many publicly-funded health systems apply cost-benefit frameworks in response to the moral dilemma of how best to allocate scarce healthcare resources. However, implementation of recommendations based on costs and benefit calculations and subsequent challenges have led to ‘special cases’ with certain types of health benefits considered more valuable than others. Recent debate and research has focused on the relative value of life extensions for people with terminal illnesses. This research investigates societal perspectives in relation to this issue, in the UK
Keywords Social values  Life extension  Terminal illness  Societal perspectives  Health policy  Ethics  Resource allocation  Q methodology
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DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0008-x
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