Rationing in Medicine

Ethical, Legal and Practical Aspects

  • Friedrich Breyer
  • Hartmut Kliemt
  • Felix Thiele
  • Friederike Wütscher

Part of the Wissenschaftsethik und Technikfolgenbeurteilung book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

    1. Friedrich Breyer, Hartmut Kliemt, Felix Thiele
      Pages 1-4
  3. Rationing in international Perspective

  4. Practices of Rationing in Germany

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Michael Imhoff
      Pages 59-74
    3. Walter Krämer
      Pages 75-76
    4. Peter Zweifel
      Pages 77-80
    5. Christof Szymkowiak
      Pages 81-83
  5. Rationing, Ethics, and the Law

  6. The Future of Rationing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Hartmut Kliemt
      Pages 131-135
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 136-136

About this book


"The Crisis of the Welfare State" has become a fashionable topic for research projects, academic conferences and political debates in recent decades. A quarter of a century after the emergence of the so-called "health-care cost explosion", there is a widespread belief that in the issue of health care financing the worst times are still ahead of us. Nobody believes that it will be possible to place an ever increasing burden on future working generations without risking their adverse reaction. One of the main solutions proposed for averting the imminent health care crisis comes under the heading of "rationing" and thus - not surprisingly - the world-wide debate on whether and how to ration medical care has become very lively recently. The present volume is the result of a conference devoted to the topic of Rationing in Medicine that was organized by the Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH. One of the purposes of this volume is to contribute to a clarification of the concept of rationing and its possible implementations and thereby to help the participants in the debate to avoid further unnecessary confusion. Authors from the disciplines of medicine, philosophy, economics and law as well as practitioners of health care itself and from the field of health-care financing have contributed to this volume.


Law Society economics ethics health health care intensive care medicine issue medicine philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Breyer
    • 1
  • Hartmut Kliemt
    • 2
  • Felix Thiele
    • 3
  • Friederike Wütscher
    • 3
  1. 1.Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften/StatistikUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Fach PhilosophieUniversität GH DuisburgDuisburgGermany
  3. 3.Europäische Akademie GmbHBad Neuenahr-AhrweilerGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07670-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04798-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4803
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4811
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