Health Care Resource Allocation: Complicating Ethical Factors at the Macro-allocation Level [Book Review]

Health Care Analysis 10 (2):209-220 (2002)

Eike-Henner Kluge
University of Victoria
It is generally assumed that allocation problems in a socialized health care system result from limited resources and too much demand. Attempts at solutions have therefore centered in increasing efficiency, using evidence-based decision-making and on developing ways of balancing competing demands within the existing resource limitation. This article suggests that some of the difficulties in macro-allocation decision-making may result from the use of conflicting ethical perspectives by decision-makers. It presents evidence from a preliminary Canadian study to this effect
Keywords decision-making  health care resources  macro-allocation  regional health boards
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DOI 10.1023/A:1016531100046
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