Medicine And Books

Priority Setting Processes for Healthcare

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:474
  1. Allyson M Pollock

    Frank Honigsbaum, Johann Calltorp, Chris Ham, Stefan Holmstrom Radcliffe, pounds sterling17.50, pp 98 ISBN 1 85775 033 0

    Rationing has always been political. In the second world war, evacuation and conscription exposed the effects of poverty and inequalities in wealth; rationing was shown to be one way of ameliorating unfairness. It became a pillar of the consensus politics that brought in the welfare state in the 1940s. Now in the 1990s the new right has returned to rationing. But in the United Kingdom this is no war cry for fair redistributive policies; this is rationing to keep the tax …

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