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Convergence of the relentless rise in health care costs, disproportionate use of medical resources by older persons, and the progressive aging of the United States population has spawned calls by influential observers of American medicine for rationing medical care to older persons. Age-based rationing attempts to address the fundamental issue of delivering appropriate quality of care to all those who need it at reasonable prices, a problem that involves complex considerations in multiple domains of social life. Prospects for the future of American medical care depend greatly on the quality of debate about this issue and resultant programmatic responses.
Too Old for Health Care? Controversies in Medicine, Law, Economics, and Ethics. Ann Intern Med. ;116:607. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-7-607_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(7):607.
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