Health Care varies a lot between country to country. One topic, I keep reading about is that many countries will not provide surgical treatment to someone in the 80's when there is another person in their 40's that need the same operation at the same time.
There is so much validity in that statement. Thats just one of the reasons many larger hospitals today have Medical Ethics Boards that are comprised of Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Civilians. The charter is to review situations when treatment or lack of could become an issue.
But here is a question. Two people (male or female, for this it doesnt matter), they both have the identical medical problem and the treatment is identical for both of them.
However, only one treatment (surgery) can be performed due to several reasons.
The one person is 75 years old and in relatively good health, except for this recent condition.
The other person is 86 years old and in relatively good health, except for this recent condition.
Which of the two should get the surgery? And Why?
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences