Sen McCain’s unfortunate illness raises an interesting ethical question that some countries have addressed, but not the US. It’s a question that should be considered by proponents of a single-payer system.
Given the prognosis and that only 10% of victims survive five years, should there be limits on what is spent on such care?
Certainly those directly affected will have one point of view, which many people will share, but what about a bureaucracy charged with managing costs? Should a single-payer system provide unlimited care in all situations; can it?
Here many people will scream death panel, but at the same time we want lower costs and affordable health care for all. Do we really want no limits?
Is America ready to actually manage health care costs the way other countries do?