The Ruderman White Paper on Fair Resource Allocation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This white paper examines the practices and conditions of treating people who have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Individuals with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in health care rationing due to extreme resource scarcity.
- Justice, fairness, transparency, and solidarity are fundamental ethical principles guiding how services should be allocated to persons with disabilities.
- Ethically acceptable triage models must include safeguards for individuals with disabilities.
- Prioritizing the needs of patients with COVID-19 over others who are critically ill due to other illnesses or trauma is arbitrary and unjust.
- The designation “allied healthcare providers” should include experienced family members and paraprofessional caregivers of persons with disability.
Published on April 15th, 2020
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