Cutting the Cord: Can Society Over-Invest in Extremely Premature and Critically Impaired Neonates?

Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 23, p. 443, 2015

Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 16-29

15 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2016

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Neera Bhatia

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

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. Their 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 imperiled 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.

Suggested Citation

Bhatia, Neera, Cutting the Cord: Can Society Over-Invest in Extremely Premature and Critically Impaired Neonates? (2015). Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 23, p. 443, 2015, Deakin Law School Research Paper No. 16-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836348

Neera Bhatia (Contact Author)

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School ( email )

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