Rationing and Publicity

  • Gerald R. Winslow
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 21)


Should it not seem strange that so much attention is now being given to the prospect of rationing medical care in the United States? After all, if by “rationing” we suggest that access to medical care is limited in various ways, or that some people do not get the best care or even the basic care they need, then surely medical care always has been “rationed” in the United States ([11], [19], [32]). Among the fundamental reasons for such limits to care is one that is unlikely to change: The human capacity to develop new, often costly, and sometimes very scarce therapies outstrips the human capacity to make all such therapies available to everyone in need. So some method of restricting access must be a permanent feature of any system of providing medical care. Why, then, the present stir about rationing?


Medical Care Biliary Atresia Moral Rule Maintenance Hemodialysis Legitimate Expectation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Winslow
    • 1
  1. 1.Walla Walla CollegeCollege PlaceUSA

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