Health care rationing

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1229d (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1229

Oregon asked people about moral values

  1. Ralph Crawshaw
  1. Clinical professor of psychiatry and public health and environmental medicine 2525 NW Lovejoy, Portland, Oregon 97210, USA

    EDITOR,—David Price's tale about rationing of health care based on the case of child B, who had leukaemia, conveys sorrow for the child, grief for the parents, empathy for the physician, sympathy for the judges and administrators, and even pity for the barristers who struggle over the fate of a sick child in a strange dialect of legal abstraction.1 They seem, together, to be helpless victims of a system without moral direction.

    With regard to the Oregon health plan, I must point …

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