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Bioethics 234 Mid-term quiz. Take home. Answer in complete sentences.
1. Steve needs knee replacement surgery. He is 290th on the waiting list, and expects to wait 2 years or more for the surgery. He is in a great deal of pain, and can no longer work. He offers $10 000 to someone higher up on the waiting list who is willing to trade places with him. He finds someone willing to trade, but the provincial health minister vetoes the transaction, calling it “unethical”.
Did the health minister make the right call? If not, why not? If yes, explain who is harmed by the transaction, and why their interests are morally relevant.