Public Input into Health Care Policy: Controversy and Contribution in California
Colbert, Treacy, The Hastings Center Report
Public Input Into Health Care Policy: Controvery and Contribution in California
The hypothetical case of "Unclke Ned" comes up as an illustration in point during a California Health Decisions (CHD) group discussions of principles for health care allocation. "Uncle Ned" is ninety-two years old and critically ill. The physician recommends inserting a pacemaker. What guidelines should be used to make this treatment decision? Where does age enter into the discussion? Ability to pay? Quality of life? Patient self-determination?
A white-haired man who has been silent until now raises his hand. "OK," he says, "We've talked about 'Uncle Ned' but I want to know where …
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Publication information: Article title: Public Input into Health Care Policy: Controversy and Contribution in California. Contributors: Colbert, Treacy - Author. Journal title: The Hastings Center Report. Volume: 20. Issue: 5 Publication date: September-October 1990. Page number: 21. © 1999 Hastings Center. COPYRIGHT 1990 Gale Group.
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