South African court rules against rationing decision

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's Supreme Court has come to the rescue of a patient receiving dialysis who was denied treatment by a large state hospital in Durban, South Africa.

    The section of law used by the patient is enshrined in South Africa's new democratic constitution and guarantees a “right to life” for all South Africans. The decision sends a worrying signal to hospital administrators rationing health care in their cash strapped institutions.

    The patient, …

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