FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates Discuss ‘Death Panels’ At The G-20 Summit?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates told world leaders at the G-20 Summit that “death panels” will soon be required.

Verdict: False

A spokesperson for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation denied the philanthropist even attended the event in an email to Check Your Fact. Gates had touched on a similar topic at a 2010 festival in Colorado, but steered away from the concept and did not endorse such.

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Various world leaders, including President Joe Biden, met in Bali this week for the annual G-20 Summit, Bloomberg reported. During the summit, Biden and other leaders discussed the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, according to CNN.

The Facebook post purports the billionaire made a comment about “death panels” at this year’s summit. Gates allegedly said “death panels” could be used to combat “very, very high medical costs” by ending the lives of sick people.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Gates made the remark during this year’s G-20 Summit. Likewise, the billionaire has not publicly commented on the purported claim via his website or verified social media accounts. In addition, there is no mention of the claim on the G-20 Summit’s website.

While Gates did not comment on “death panels” at the G-20 Summit, he did discuss the concept during a 2010 interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Gates claimed mishandling of healthcare funds and particularly end-of-life care was having a negative effect on education.

“Is spending a million dollars on that last three months of life for that patient, would it be better not to lay off those 10 teachers and to make that tradeoff in medical costs? But that’s called the ‘death panel,’ and you’re not supposed to have that discussion,” Gates said. (RELATED: Did Bill Gates Refer To Climate Change As A ‘Scam’?)

“We confirm that Bill Gates did not attend the G-20 meeting,” a spokesperson for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said of the claim in an email to Check Your Fact.

Check Your Fact has also contacted the G-20 Summit for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter