South African court rules against rationing decisionBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.393g (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
- Pat Sidley
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, …