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Rationing: Talk and Action in Health Care

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1253
  1. Stephen Leeder, dean, Faculty of Medicine
  1. University of Sydney, Australia

    Ed Bill New

    BMJ Publishing Group, £24.95, pp 261


    The Rationing Agenda Group was formed in 1995 to promote a serious debate about rationing in the NHS. Rationing: Talk and Action in Health Care chronicles the work of the Rationing Agenda Group—its setting of agendas, early consultation with health service managers, and inquiry into public understanding of rationing (virtually nil). Is it possible to define a package of core services that the NHS should provide? Should we be aiming to “maximise the health of the whole community” …

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