The Value of Human Life

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The Value of Human Life

Euthanasia-A Critique was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 20,
1990. Peter A. Singer and Mark Siegler are the two authors of this article. Singer is a
graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and holds a master's in public health
from Yale University. He is assistant professor of medicine and associate director of the
Center for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Siegler got hi medical degree from the
University of Chicago. He is the director of the Center of Clinical Medical Ethics at the
university. He has written more then 100 articles and six books. The two authors believe
that the medical community should rethink the move towards the use of euthanasia. Singer
and Siegler discuss cost containment and what it entails, such as insurance. The expense
of hospital stays and the cutting down on nursing staff at hospitals affects it. Many
trauma centers are also closing down. They bring up the social injustice of euthanasia and
how the poor and elderly will be affected. The minorities, uninsured and others could be
taken advantage of by health care providers. Other problems are aroused when ethics come
into the picture. The authors talk about the Hippocratic oath, religion, and people's
ethical traditions.


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When dealing with euthanasia issues arise, one of them is cost containment. When hospitals
and doctors run tests it cost money, many tests are expensive and have to be repeated
often. Health insurance can be expensive and many people choose either not to get
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