Ethical Considerations in the Allocation of Organs and Other Scarce Medical Resources Among Patients

Oscar W. Clarke, MD; John Glasson, MD; Charles H. Epps Jr, MD; Charles W. Plows, MD; Victoria Ruff, MD; Allison August; Craig M. Kliger, MD; George T. Wilkins Jr, MD; James H. Cosgriff Jr, MD; David Orentlicher, MD, JD; Karey Harwood; Jeff; Leslie
Arch Intern Med. 1995;155(1):29-40. doi:10.1001/archinte.1995.00430010033005.
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Physicians' efforts on behalf of patients often involve the use of resources that, because of naturally limited supply or economic constraints, are not readily available to all who need them. The dilemma in such cases is how physicians may fulfill their ethical duties to "do all that [they] can for the benefit of the individual patient"1 when the care that they can provide is constrained by the scarcity of needed resources.


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