This chapter looks at the problem of resource scarcity, and the development of medical machines; in particular, the research, development and population wide implementation (RD&I) of complex medical machines. It raises a series of questions about how we make decisions regarding the distribution of scarce healthcare resources and posits that we ought to pay special attention to the distribution of resources for RD&I underpinning complex medical machines. This chapter covers some common issues in allocation of healthcare resources to then focus on the RD&I of complex medical machines as an important area requiring discussion.
|Title of host publication||Machine medical ethics|
|Editors||S. van Rysewyk, M. Pontier|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering|
Henschke, A. (2015). Opportunity costs: Scarcity and complex medical machines. In S. van Rysewyk, & M. Pontier (Eds.), Machine medical ethics (Vol. 74, pp. 131-150). ( Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering; Vol. 74). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08108-3_9