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Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Setting Limits on Healthcare

Philip M. Rosoff


The healthcare system in the United States is the most expensive in the industrialized world, yet delivers very mediocre outcomes in such measures as equity, infant mortality, and longevity. In addition, a major portion of the American public either lacks health insurance or is underinsured. It is highly unlikely that the Affordable Care Act will do much to reverse the situation, despite decreasing the numbers of uninsured. Costs continue to rise and occupy an increasingly large percentage of GDP. Limiting the amount and kinds of healthcare interventions – rationing - available is both necessa ... More

Keywords: Healthcare, Rationing, Justice, Fairness, Losers, Limits, Transplantation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027496
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip M. Rosoff, author
Duke University Medical Center