This project aims to explore 1) whether the popular sentiment is in accordance with hospital guidelines and 2) how public opinion evolves as the pandemics escalate. This is of paramount importance for several reasons. First of all, we need to understand whether the utilitarian view of maximizing overall life expectancy is widely accepted or becomes more widely accepted as the health crisis worsens, even when individuals are informed that such criteria leave the most vulnerable behind. Secondly, and more relevantly for Luxembourg, we wish to propose a set of standard rules to apply in all countries. EU members are currently helping each other in curing patients: several French patients, especially from the Grand-Est region, are being treated in Luxembourg. A divergence in the rules among collaborating countries may lead to a conflict in the way patients ought to be treated. What Guidelines should doctors follow when the choice of saving a life falls between a French and a Luxembourger? The extreme example suggests that this is all the more relevant as the risk of future epidemics will likely increase as the interdependence among countries grows.
|Effective start/end date||24/04/20 → 25/09/20|
- Fonds National de la Recherche-FNR
- Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
- Hospital admission guidelines
- Public opinion