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Rationing occurs because human wants are limitless whereas resources are finite, necessitating trade-offs of benefits and costs. The medical care system until recently acted as if this economic law did not apply to it. Funders and payers are now driving this reality into the fabric of the system. Because the impersonal economic market is not allowed to operate effectively, people make medical care decisions. Decisions made by money have their own effects, but personal biases are not among them.
Highlighted in this book are effects of rationing, theories of justice, the United States' and other nations' methods of rationing, and
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Rationing Health Care in America: Perceptions and Principles of Justice.. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:316. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-2-316_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(2):316.
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