Rationing is not inevitable

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.125a (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:125
  1. Will Podmore
  1. Chief librarian British School of Osteopathy London E8 3EE

    EDITOR,--In the debate about rationing, rationing is often assumed to be inevitable.1 But is it? As Rawles has pointed out: “The ethical problem of how to apportion limited resources amongst the needy has been forced on us by arbitrary limitation of health care expenditure. Its solution would not be required if health expenditure were higher.” …

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