Rationing joint replacements: Trust's decision seems to be based on prejudice or attributing blame…

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1472-a (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1472
  1. Nicholas Finer, consultant in obesity medicine (nf237@medschl.cam.ac.uk)
  1. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR—The decision of the East Suffolk primary care trusts not to fund joint replacements for patients unless the patient has a body mass index (BMI) below 30 and conservative means have failed to alleviate the pain and disability breaches basic principles of health care that do not seek to judge patients for their illness.1 The decision confuses three separate questions: does obesity cause …

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