Economics and euthanasia

Heasell, S. and Paton, D., 2001. Economics and euthanasia. Health Services Management Research, 14, pp. 62-63.

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This paper argues that a cost-benefit type economic analysis of whether or not to prohibit euthanasia should not be undertaken by health services managers unless ethical issues have been resolved to a particular conclusion. A conclusion on ethical grounds in favour of the prohibition of euthanasia renders the consideration of economic criteria redundant. The case of the German euthanasia programme in the 1930s is used to illustrate the danger of attempting to combine ethical and economic criteria into a single decision rule.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Health Services Management Research. The definitive version, detailed above, is available online at Please note that access controls may apply.
Publication Title: Health Services Management Research
Creators: Heasell, S. and Paton, D.
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press
Date: 2001
Volume: 14
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:09

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