The Ethical Implications of Health Spending: Death and Other Expensive Conditions
Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2011
© 2011 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 121–129, Summer 2011
How to Cite
Crippen, D. and Barnato, A. E. (2011), The Ethical Implications of Health Spending: Death and Other Expensive Conditions. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39: 121–129. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00582.x
- Issue online: 11 MAY 2011
- Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2011
The cost of health care in the United States has important generational considerations whether analyzed at a point in time, or over many years. The budgets of governments contain important information about the funding of public services, including health care, and the intra- and inter-generational implications of both the inherent tradeoffs, and the particular means of funding the services. End-of-life expenditures, while a significant component of the cost of health care, are not the primary consideration in the ethical or moral questions raised.