Monday, May 21, 2012

Allocation of Scare Resources

Note: This homework is for C period to complete for Tuesday and G period to complete for Wednesday.

Below is a list of some of the criteria that are used to evaluate who should receive an organ transplant:

0Likely to live the longest after the transplant
0The sickest
0The youngest
0Considered the most valuable or socially usefully
0Not personally responsible for their disease
0Wins a random lottery
0Waited the longest for a liver
0First-come, first-served system

Using the criteria above (or one that you come up with on your own), answer the following questions:

1. Should a single criterion be prioritized?  Explain your answer with REASONS.
2. If so, which one? If you do not think that a single criterion should be prioritized, are there some criterion that you think are more important than others?  Explain your answers.  
3. What are the pros & cons of prioritizing a single criterion?

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