Pediatric Heart Surgery in Ghana: Three Ethical Questions

Nir Eyal       

The Journal of Clinical Ethics 25, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 317-23.

 

ABSTRACT

      When a group of doctors and nurses from Boston, Massachusetts, provided evaluation and heart surgery to children in Ghana, they encountered three rationing dilemmas: (1) What portion of surgery slots should they reserve for the simplest, most cost-effective surgeries? (2) How much time should be reserved for especially simple, nonsurgical interventions? (3) How much time should be reserved to training local staff to perform such surgeries? This article investigates these three dilemmas        

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