Rationing is needed in the USBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1903 (Published 12 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1903
- Adam M Ali, Frank Knox fellow1
- 1Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
A public plan by President Obama’s team may reduce the number of uninsured people in the United States but seems unlikely to curb rising healthcare costs.1 Indeed, Medicare is a federal programme whose escalating costs are as unsustainable as the private sector’s. The problem lies deeper: an unwillingness to accept the need for rationing.