Too much sensitivity can kill

Alabama withdrew its guidelines for ventilator triage after the Department of Health and Human Services found that the state had discriminated against the elderly and people with disabilities. Office for Civil Rights director Roger Severino said, "Persons with disabilities have equal worth and dignity and should not be deprioritized for health care based on a supposedly lower 'quality of life' compared to persons without disabilities.  Older Americans in Alabama can take solace knowing that their state will not impose blunt age cutoffs for ventilator allocation if, God forbid, there is a shortage." The guidelines proposed by Alabama would not take effect unless there were in fact a shortage.  When resources are limited, the recipients must be prioritized.  In the military — remember M*A*S*H with Radar shouting, "Incoming!" — this triage is carried out by the most senior surgeon.  Everybody know how...(Read Full Post)
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