Microallocation in Treatment

1. From Chapters 12 and 13, Paul Ramsey and James Childress are two bioethicists who have differing views on how medical services/ treatment should be microallocated. Briefly define the term microallocation. Describe the two approaches. Which you think one approach is more favorable (or just) than the other? Why?

2. From Chapter 12, Darr (2011, p 306) writes “institutional ethics committees (IECs) should assess prospectively and retrospectively the ethical issues raised in competition, marketing, and managed care. They should review the ethical implications of competitions as it affects their patients, organization, and community”. Consider yourself a member of the IEC. Identify two ways to ensure ethical issues are properly addressed.

Required Course Textbooks
• Darr, K. (2011). Ethics in Health Services Management. Fifth Edition. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press, Inc.

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