Health Sciences 2610F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Fiduciary, Cardiology, Distributive Justice

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In the aristotelian conception of distributive justice, the unequal allocation of scarce resource may be justified by morally relevant factors such as need or likelihood of benefit. Even using this criteria is is difficult to determine which patients should be given priority. The allocation of resources on the basis of clinically irrelevant factors such as religion or sexual orientation are prohibited. Clear, fair and publicly acceptable institutional and professional policies can help ensure that resource allocation decisions are transparent and defensible. Is the distribution of goods and services to programs and people. In the context of healthcare, macro allocations of resources are made by governments at national, provincial and municipal levels. Meso allocations are made at the level of institutions (ex. Hospitals allocate their resources to programs such as cancer treatment, cardiology and dialysis) Micro allocations are made at the level of the individual patients. Commodity scarcity is a shortage of a finite resource (such as an organ)

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