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Ageing, justice and resource allocation
  1. Tom Walker
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tom, Walker, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK; tom.walker{at}


Around the world, the population is ageing in ways that pose new challenges for healthcare providers. To date these have mostly been formulated in terms of challenges created by increasing costs, and the focus has been squarely on life-prolonging treatments. However, this focus ignores the ways in which many older people require life-enhancing treatments to counteract the effects of physical and mental decline. This paper argues that in doing so it misses important aspects of what justice requires when it comes to older people.

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