Can you tell a siren from a tocsin?

John Best
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11100
Published online: 4 November 2013

The dilemma of balancing health system costs against individual expectations for health and life expectancy

There are two voices in this room. One says, “Just at this point in time, I feel that life has sufficient interest for me to keep going, full bore, whatever it may cost”. The other replies, “There will come a time, if I am allowed to make a choice, that I may change my mind and say ‘just let me drift off into the aether’”.

  • John Best

  • Murray to the Mountains Intern Training Program, Sydney, NSW.


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