age-based rationing

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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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Proposals in support of age based rationing do not generally advocate the withholding of all medical treatment from older persons.
With age based rationing, however, the aim of equal access to health care is ostensibly achieved in that, with the passage of time, individuals inevitably move through the various stages of life.
Age based rationing carries the danger of signaling to society that the old are not as respected as the young.