Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Vatican Slams Medical Bias for Young Patients; Warns Favoring Young Over Elderly Is "Wrong"

With the elderly representing the largest age group of lives lost by the coronavirus, the Vatican's top official on life issues has warned against selective care practices that prioritize young patients, the Crux website reports today (April 7, 2020).

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said that with many hospitals facing shortages of essential equipment, such as ventilators, at times give preference to patients with better perceived odds of survival, which generally disadvantages the elderly.

"This is the 'throwaway culture' in action 'justified' by the lack of medical instruments, in turn due to healthcare policy choices that cut costs," Paglia said.

He called the decision to base healthcare and educational funding on cost-saving measures "wrong and misleading."

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