Who Gets the Ventilator? Disability Rights and COVID-19 Medical Rationing



The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare systems to make decisions about how to ration medical treatments – and many have chosen to explicitly de-prioritize people for these treatments based on pre-existing disabilities. Professor Samuel Bagenstos and attorney Alison Barkoff join us to talk about their work on COVID-19 medical rationing advocacy and what lessons we can take away from how this issue has played out.

To learn more about this topic, take a look at Professor Samuel Bagenstos’s Essay, Who Gets the Ventilator? Disability Discrimination in COVID-19 Medical-Rationing Protocols, recently published in the Yale Law Journal Forum.