General Public Preferences for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources During COVID-19. Academic Article uri icon


  • COVID-19 has overwhelmed healthcare systems across the globe with an unprecedented surge in the demand for hospitalizations. Consequently, many hospitals are facing precarious conditions due to limited capacity, especially in the provision of ventilators. The governing ethical principles of medical practice delineated in (1) favor prioritizing younger patients, largely because of their relatively higher expected life years. We conduct a survey of the general public in the United States to elicit their preferences for the allocation of a limited number of ventilators. The results show that the general public views align with the established ethical principles, which favor younger patients. JEL Classification: C91.

published proceedings

  • Front Public Health

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Huseynov, S., Palma, M. A., & Nayga, R. M.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Huseynov, Samir||Palma, Marco A||Nayga, Rodolfo M

publication date

  • January 2020