Must We Ration Health Care for the Elderly?
Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 10–16, Spring 2012
How to Cite
Callahan, D. (2012), Must We Ration Health Care for the Elderly?. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 10–16. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00640.x
- Issue online: 27 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012
Resistance to rationing health care to the elderly is enormous. This article lays out the need for rationing, based on projections of Medicare expenditure in the near future, and the judgment of policy experts that there will be no technological breakthrough that might lower costs. Various forms of rationing possibilities are discussed as well as cultural and political obstacles to needed reform. Some general principles for thinking about health care for the elderly are presented.