In his appropriately titled column, 'Why We Must Ration Health Care,' Singer writes,
"The death of a teenager is a greater tragedy than the death of an 85-year-old, and this should be reflected in our priorities."
... In other words, if you are old and in need of an operation, it may not be a good investment for our society to spend all that money treating you. After all, statistically speaking, you're just going to die in ten years, anyway.
And -- so the theory goes -- the money and effort would be better directed toward a younger/fitter citizen who can contribute more to society...