GERALD CHARLES, M.D.
As the debate about ways to influence the ever-increasing costs for health care continues, consideration is being given to limiting that portion of the federal budget related to health care as well as all third-party dollars spent on health. Limiting of total health-care dollars is sometimes mentioned in the same breath as rationing. We often see "rationing" replace "allocating" as the term used to describe the process by which limited resources or dollars for health care are apportioned. The term rationing, however, is often associated with a negative connotation. Emergency rationing such as exists in the time of war or
CHARLES G. The Physician, Rationing, and Medical Care in the Veterans Administration. Ann Intern Med. ;102:850–851. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-6-850
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(6):850-851.
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