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Desperately Seeking Solutions: Rationing Health Care

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7175.64 (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:64
  1. David Price, research fellow.
  1. Social Welfare Research Unit, University of Northumbria

    David J Hunter

    Addison Wesley Longman, $14.99, pp 176

    ISBN 0 582 28923 8

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    Healthcare rationing, according to Professor Hunter's summary of the rationing debate, is inevitable and, since the case of “Child B,” which exploded the myth that the NHS would pay for any treatment, we all know that it is inevitable. However, rationing is difficult to justify, he says, because society is not yet ready for clear rules about when to deny medical …

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