If the US were to suffer a devastating pandemic, and doctors didn’t have resources to save everyone, who should die? A number of universities, government agencies, and other groups mulled that grim scenario recently, sending doctors a brutally ruthless list of who to let die. The report ensures “everybody will be thinking in the same way” should a disaster hit, said one expert.
The report says doctors shouldn’t treat patients who are:
- Over 85 years old
- Badly injured
- Severely burned and over age 60
- Severely mentally impaired
- Suffering from Alzheimer’s
- Suffering from chronic disease, including heart failure, lung disease and poorly controlled diabetes