Report urges more honest approach to rationing

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:316
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Treatments will increasingly be excluded from the NHS if they are judged to be of limited clinical effectiveness, not cost effective, or an inappropriate use of public funds, according to a new report on future healthcare funding.

    And the concept of the NHS as a comprehensive service may now have outlived its usefulness, says the report, which urges a more open and honest approach to rationing.

    The report also warns that, although public support for the principles of the …

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