p. 41112. Health Resources and Dilemmas in Treatment
- G. T. Laurie, G. T. LaurieProfessor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh
- S. H. E. HarmonS. H. E. HarmonHonorary Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh
- and E. S. DoveE. S. DoveLecturer in Risk and Regulation at the University of Edinburgh
This chapter discusses ethical and legal aspects of the global distribution of medical resources; the allocation of national resources; and medical treatment of the individual. It argues that so long as decisions are made taking into account fundamental moral values and principles of equity, impartiality, and fairness, and provided the bases for decision making are flexible in relation to the times, then the underlying system is just and is likely to yield just results.