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Cutting the cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature and critically impaired neonates?

Bhatia, Neera 2015, Cutting the cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature and critically impaired neonates?, Journal of law and medicine, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 443-456.

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Title Cutting the cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature and critically impaired neonates?
Author(s) Bhatia, NeeraORCID iD for Bhatia, Neera orcid.org/0000-0002-1915-0856
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 443
End page 456
Total pages 14
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1320-159X
Summary This article provides a critical examination of the allocation of scarce public health care funds in relation to extremely premature and sick neonates. Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment from neonates born extremely premature are generally informed by arbitrary and often subjective considerations of those involved in their care – namely parents and medical practitioners. This article argues for a sharp and immediate focus in decisions to treat such neonates based on the allocation of limited health care resources. Accordingly, decisions to save and preserve the lives of imperilled neonates should not be limited to the immediate financial costs of medical treatment. More explicitly there should be a full appreciation of the cost of disability to the family, requirements for long-term care, and the benefits and associated costs of life, not only to the patient, but also to society.
Language eng
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 949999 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080453

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Law
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