Pros And Cons Of Arthur Caplan

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Life has a nasty habit of changing in a split second. Stray bullets, natural disasters, medical complications, virtually anything can happen in the blink of an eye. In one moment someone, let us call him Chris, could be casually strolling through the park and the next second he could be stuck under a fallen tree with no one nearby to help. Chris is screaming at the top of his lungs, clawing at the bark, crying in pain, unable to do anything but pray for rescue. 72 hours pass before someone finds him. Chris is starving, his lungs are collapsing from the pressure of the tree, he is slowly bleeding out, and infection has set it, without immediate care Joe is sure to die. While being airlifted to the nearest hospital, Chris can barely breathe as…show more content…
This may be a solid argument but it is an invalid one. Just because a hospital could save 50 lives does not mean those 50 people were worth saving. It is better for the community and society in general, to save 15 lives of heroes as opposed to 50 criminals who have recent record of violent felonies. A computer program would never be able to decide who lived based on who was worth saving. It is also argued that it assists the hospital itself utilize its resources efficiently. Arthur Caplan, of Philadelphia, is a medical ethicist who argues against the use of RIP and similar programs, “computers should not be used to make decisions about the allocation of medical resources, such as intensive care beds and organs for transplant… computer will be wrong in 5 percent of all cases.” Caplan’s quote is effective in demonstrating how the counterclaim is false because as an ethicist his judgment is well researched and has more validity than just someone who has an opinion on the subject. No computer can decide who deserves a bed first, that is something only human beings can determine because a program, such as RIP, simply runs statistics and does not consider other factors necessary for decision
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