, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 7-11

Age-based rationing: A wrong turn on the road to reform

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Arguments that U.S. health care dollars can be saved by denying older people access to expensive treatment are faulty and misleading, and divert us from the only effective way to contain care costs.

Andrew H. Smith, J.D., is a member of the Health Team in the Public Policy Institute at AARP. His research is focused on ethical and legal issues in health care. He has written and spoken on a variety of topics, ranging from health care rationing to medical malpractice. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he concentrated in health law.