Based on principles of fairness, practicing alcoholics should be at the bottom of the list for receiving liver transplants. In society today people must be held accountable for their mistakes, therefore it is only fair that patients with ARESLD who are still drinking should be held responsible for their behavior. ARESLD patients who have been diagnosed with alcoholism and treated for their illness should receive equal opportunities for treatment. These patients have the disease of alcoholism. If they have taken the effort and struggled to make their life better, it is remarkably unfair to place them in the same category as practicing alcoholics. Alcoholism is recognized as a disease and patients who have overcome this disease should not be judged on their poor decisions in the past.
The system of distributive justice is often put to use when problems of allocating scarce resources, such as healthy livers, arise. The system can be used in this circumstance as well. Many things must be taken into... [continues]
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