Age-rationing in health care: flawed policy, personal virtue

Health Care Anal. 2005 Jun;13(2):137-46. doi: 10.1007/s10728-005-4477-9.


The age-rationing debate of fifteen years ago will inevitably reemerge as health care costs escalate. All age-rationing proposals should be judged in light of the current system of rationing health care by price in the U.S., and the resulting pattern of excess and deprivation. Age-rationing should be rejected as public policy, but recognized as a personal virtue of stewardship among the elderly.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors*
  • Aged
  • Cost Control
  • Health Care Rationing* / economics
  • Health Care Rationing* / ethics
  • Health Care Rationing* / methods
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / ethics
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services for the Aged* / ethics
  • Health Services for the Aged* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health