When Medical Care Gets Expensive: Economic Considerations in the Removal of Life Support


WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 17, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a question on bioethics asked by a ZENIT reader and answered by the fellows of the Culture of Life Foundation.

Q: Is it ever legitimate to remove or withhold life-sustaining procedures from a patient in order to save excessive expenses to persons other than that patient (e.g., the patient’s family, the community)? — W.G., Denver, USA

E. Christian Brugger offers the following response: