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Allocation of Resources

Posted by: R Rockliff on September 10, 1999 at 00:05:11:

In Reply to: baskets or splints posted by Gee on September 09, 1999 at 15:02:52:

GEE: You seem to be avoiding the logical conclusion of what you are saying. "no-one should be denied, or have restricted access to health care because of poverty" requires that it takes precedent over *anything* else - including the fellow who buys a washing basket for he must be, in principle, as wrong and as 'denying' as the fat lady because his $10 could have also contributed to some healthcare somewhere or other. The same goes for any activity undertaken by any person which at first has not been passed through the test "will this in some way deny an impoverished person access to medical care". Clearly buying washing baskets does. Unicef regularly inform us that $4 buys a quick fix to dysentry etc.

ROCKLIFF: There are sufficient resources on this planet to provide all people with a reasonable degree of medical care, without reducing the wealth of the planet to the point where washing baskets become an issue.

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