Moral Principles for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources in an Influenza Pandemic
Verweij, M. (2009). Moral Principles for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources in an Influenza Pandemic. (Abstract only.) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 6(2): 159-169.
The author shares two ethical principles for resource prioritization: utility and equity. He writes, “Although decision-making about access to intensive care will involve choices with immediate tragic implications, the ethical complexity of these choices is relatively modest (although decisions will not be easy): there are persuasive moral reasons for giving priority to patients who are expected to benefit most within the shortest time.”