HEALTH Minister Wendy Edmond said yesterday quality of
life should dictate future allocation of health resources, and suggested death
may be a better outcome for some patients.
Ms Edmond claimed people had lost touch with the fact
they were human and that all of us must one day die.
She said that as health systems and technological
breakthroughs made it possible for people to be kept alive longer, many in the
community had overlooked the fact prolonged life did not necessarily mean
prolonged quality of life.
Hegelianism keeps rearing
its ugly head in society where the dignity of a human person is replaced by
their quality of life; a term that society will define as they need when they
want. This was shown in 1930-1940 Germany where because of rising health care
costs in a socialist medical system, they looked to cut costs by killing the
mentally retired and those in comas.