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Choice and Chance in the Allocation of Medical Resources: A Response to Kilner

George I. Mavrodes
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring, 1984), pp. 97-115
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40014971
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Abstract

In this paper I examine various aspects of the proposal that scarce lifesaving medical resources should (morally) be allocated by some random procedure. I argue that a fundamental assumption of this approach is that there are no morally relevant differences among the candidates for such services, and I challenge this general claim. I also argue that there are a great many lotteries among which we must choose if we are to use a lottery at all, and that we should choose among them on valuational grounds.

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