Rationing Resources in the ICU: Perspectives for the Future
The importance that society attributes to health care caused the financial resources currently at the disposal of patients and the medical profession to be much greater than those available some 50 years ago. This implies, from the point of view of society, that two inter-related interests are to be considered: a) the right to health and autonomy of individual members; b) the right of allocating (limited) resources to the various activities that modern scientific development made available. In this context, obligations of equal importance, though of different nature have to be brought together by those responsible for the management of the invested resources: 1) Those of individual patients and their families, and 2) The effective and efficient organisation and management of the resources made available for the implementation of the stated policies of health care, in particular the intensive care.
KeywordsRecovery Room Professional Ethic Occupancy Rate Ration Resource National Health Care System
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