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Doctors refuse to operate on 80 year old man

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1548
  1. Georgina Kenyon
  1. Sydney

    The case of a man aged 80 who was denied a heart valve replacement by two public hospitals in Australia has led to claims of ageism and rationing in the country's public health system.

    John Quinn, from Sydney, New South Wales, required a mitral valve replacement and was denied treatment by two Sydney hospitals. The operation was conducted instead at a private hospital, with Mr Quinn's family paying the bill.

    The Quinn family …

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