Health Care Rationing and the Badness of Death: Should Newborns Count for Less?
Publication year: 2019
in: Saving People from the Harm of Death, Eds. Espen Gamlund and Carl Tollef Solberg, p. 255-266, Oxford University Press.
In this volume, leading philosophers, medical doctors, and economists discuss different views on how to evaluate death and its relevance for health policy. This includes theories about the harm of death and its connections to population-level bioethics. For example, one of the standard views in global health is that newborn deaths are among the worst types of death, yet stillbirths are neglected. This raises difficult questions about why birth is so significant, and several of the book's authors challenge this standard view.