Letters Healthcare rationing

Priority setting needs strong leadership

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2386 (Published 03 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2386
  1. Jonathan V Howell, consultant in public health1
  1. 1Edwin House, Centrum 100, Burton upon Trent DE14 2WF
  1. jonathan.howell{at}lycos.com

    The articles on rationing health care provide a good overview of the present situation.1 2 3 Daniels and Sabin’s article provides some firm ground if you think that priority setting is inevitable (and it is).2 Tough decisions are needed, and Daniels and Sabin’s approach could help commissioners gain legitimacy and resist the legal, media, and commercial challenges that cause politicians to intervene. …

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