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Aaron Estoup

PHL 444

22 April 2014

The Complete Lives System

The allocation of healthcare has always been a huge issue in our society and the principles to allocate this resource also has come under fire. In the past it has always been “first come first serve” basis. Whether or not this approach is ethical is another question, but is it practical. The authors of “Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions” have discussed a new approach called the Complete Lives System. The complete lives system posses five principles for allocation that include: youngest first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value (Principles 6). The priority of this system is to aid those who have not yet lived a complete life and will not be able to do so unless they get the aid necessary. This idea also considers many ethical factors such as saving the most lives possible, as well as a lottery, which takes into account the little information needed for recipients. While this system is not practical for an entire economy at this point, it is a step closer to determining an appropriate approach to our health care system. The Complete Lives System is an ethically justified and practical approach to health care because; it takes into account various practical approaches to healthcare, and it focuses on those able and capable to live a complete life with the public resources that they have used in the past.

The Complete Lives system takes into account a variety of different principles used around the world. As stated before, the core principle is youngest first. The system focuses on “youngest first” by giving the priority to those between the ages of 15 and 40. The main reason why this first approach is ethically justified is that adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, and these investments would be wasted without a chance at a complete life (Principles 6). These resources primarily schooling would be a waste if...
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