age-based rationing

Age-Based Rationing

A proposed form of rationing publicly-funded health care services, in which limits would be placed on the type and amount of such services that would be freely available to persons above a certain age. Age-based rationing would affect women more because they live ±7.5 years more than men—for ages 85+, there are 45 men for every 100 women.

age-based rationing

Managed care, medical ethics A proposed form of rationing of publicly-funded health care services, in which limits would be placed on the type and amount of such services that would be freely available to persons above a certain age. See Rationing.
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Once we set such a limit and accept the "cultural shift" Callahan and Nuland call for, one that treats age-based rationing as morally justifiable, it is simple to show that, on average, those who are, say, 77 to 80, produce less and have greater care costs than those who are younger.
The possibility that using age-based rationing to ratchet down care will lead to troubling outcomes is far from mere speculation.
Long before I met him, I was suspicious of the relatively crude position on age-based rationing attributed to him.
Categorical approaches such as age-based rationing were rejected in favor of pragmatic case-oriented decisions that weigh societal cost against individual benefit.