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Coby HowardJoe Segen2016-12-09T15:55:28+00:00
A 7 year-old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who died awaiting a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant, a procedure that was not at the time funded by public monies in the State of Oregon.
The case sparked a debate on 2 fronts: financial and ethical. Regarding finances, the question is whether one human life had become too expensive. Would society accept paying $200,000 to save one life with a bone transplantation, when the same money would pay for the cervical cytology screening of thousands of women, potentially saving a dozen lives. The pecuniary issue is intimately linked to the ethical dilemma of which life is worth saving, and what rules will be applied to decide the value of a life saved.