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  • The human should receive treatment

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  • Both lives are equal and it should be up to random chance which one receives treatment.

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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    I would need to know what the medical conditions actually are, and the completeness of recovery.

    If we're talking about an elderly person with terminal cancer in the final stages vs. one of the last animals of a critically endangered species (i.e. bengal tigers), I would choose the animal without hesitation.

    If we're talking about a critically ill human who could recover and live a productive life vs. an animal whose suffering would be needlessly prolonged, I would put the animal down.

    I would also be in favor of euthanising the human if the situation is bad enough.

    This poll is too black and white. "I don't know" or "other" should have been options. I therefore refuse to vote.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    The human since he/she can pay for it.
    He didn't say if the human is poor or has money, but good to know that you would refuse critical care based on one's ability to pay.

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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    In response to the "Humans or Animals" thread I've decided to create a new poll with equal scenarios between a human and an animal. Here is the scenario:

    There is a human (any age or gender) and an animal (any animal). Both are in critical need of medical care but only one can receive treatment. Both will die without the medical treatment, but there are only enough resources for one of them to receive it. Who gets the medical care? The human? The animal? Or are both lives equal and it should be up to a random drawing?

    To clarify, it is a human medical doctor and a human veterinarian giving the care.
    Depends. Are they likely to be permanently impaired in any way? If so, how so? How do the treatment options for the human vs. the animal compare in efficacy and suffering? What is the prognosis with treatment for the human vs. the animal? Also, humans value life differently from most other animals. We are very mental, whereas most other animals are much more kinesthetic. The things that make life worth living to us are different than they are for most other animals, and this has an impact on when and how much medical intervention is justified, in my opinion.

    Not knowing any of those things, I'm unsure. I don't believe humans are inherently more valuable than everything else on earth. We just think we are because we're humans. While it does make sense to opt to help those like you first, on an evolutionary level, that does not speak to the ethics or meaning of making that choice. It's a very shallow justification, and it doesn't provide me with a good enough reason by itself to choose one way or the other.
    Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 01-15-12 at 07:33 PM.

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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by enola View Post
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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    If you have two doctors, it makes no sense for only one of the patients to be treated.
    Notice I said recourses. And it's a hypothetical ethical question. Only one can live. Which one and why?
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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Notice I said recourses. And it's a hypothetical ethical question. Only one can live. Which one and why?
    Then it depends on other factors. Who is it? What kind of animal? If it's Hitler vs. an endangered species, the human loses.
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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Remind me to have a sexy young gal spank xfactor. This post is a figment of his imagination.

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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
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    Re: Healthcare: Human or Animal?

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