Disabled Patients Could Have Their Ventilators Taken Away Under Coronavirus Health Care Rationing

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Disabled Patients Could Have Their Ventilators Taken Away Under Coronavirus Health Care Rationing

Fears about medical rationing are growing among disability rights advocates as the world responds to the coronavirus. Amid predictions about a lack of medical resources in the U.S. and reports of rationing in Italy and China, the National Council on Disability sent a letter to the U.S.

Spiking U.S. coronavirus cases could force rationing decisions similar to those made in Italy, China

In an extreme outbreak, rationing would raise tortured questions. Should a patient with a terminal cancer or serious heart disease get the same priority as everyone else? Should the CEO of a hospital or a health worker be prioritized? How should prisoners or undocumented immigrants be considered?