Setting Limits Fairly: Can We Learn to Share Medical Resources?

Setting Limits Fairly: Can We Learn to Share Medical Resources?

ISBN: 9780195149364
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2002-03-15
Number of pages: 208
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The central idea for this book is that we lack consensus on principles for allocating resources and in the absence of such a consensus we must rely on a fair decision-making process for setting limits on health care. The authors characterize key elements of this process in a variety of health care contexts where such decisions are made- decisions about insurance coverage for new technologies, pharmacy benefit management, the design of physician incentives, contracting for mental health care by public agencies, etc.- and they connect the problem in the U.S. with the same problem in other countries. They provide a cogent analysis of the current situation, lucidly review the usual candidate solutions, and describe their own approach, which represents a clear advance in thinking. Their intended audience is international since the problem of limits cuts across types of health care systems whether or not they have universal coverage.

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