According to the press today (14 April), one Australian economist said ‘savings tens of thousands of lives was a drop in the ocean compared to the long-lasting disaster caused by economic collapse’ and another said ‘What matters in these sorts of analysis is whether a life at 80 years old, beleaguered by multiple pre-existing conditions, is equivalent to a 20-year-old with their whole life left to live.’
If these quotes are in context, they are appalling. It is putting the dollar above life and espousing the notion that moral issues can be solved by arithmetic. While studying eugenics, did they take time out with Mein Kampf? At least we know that our doctors are precluded from this espousal of doing harm.