The Est-Appit Analysis: The Cost Benefits Of Extending A Life

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Margaret McClean, director of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Center bioethics director, considers medical decision making, or reasoning, based upon cost burden. Recent health directives word this as, “excessive expense,” or use words such as “disproportionate means of preserving life” (McClean, 2011). However, careful considerations are necessary when it comes to rising health care costs, medical-decision making, decisions on prolonging-life, or end-of-life care, no matter if an individual, family, or government agency/program is paying the bills. The purpose of this journal entry is to discuss the cost/benefit analysis of extending a life, and to consider how it may impact the family financially vs. the expenses of caring for someone who is seriously ill.

Examining the cost benefits of extending a life, depends upon many factors. One would have to weigh issues such as, whether or not the person is diagnosed with a terminal illness? Is the person is old
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Certainly, a person taking advantage of maintaining optimum health vs. ending up with a debilitating disease reaps cost benefits. However, many face the moral-dilemma of caring for those who face a serious or terminal illness. For this situation there are factors concerning the scarcity of healthcare resources in relation to demand for them, and how they “should be allocated” (McHugh et al, 2015). In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) make decisions on the allocation of resources based upon “scientific judgments, supported by legal considerations, and social value judgements” (McHugh et al;, 2015). They determine social value judgements largely by the views of the general public, the work of a Citizen’s Council, and a set of principles, which are currently under revision (McHugh et al,

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