Medicine and finance. Is it just to ration health services for economic reasons?

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Kazimierz Szewczyk

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The article begins by clarifying the terms that are related above all to rationing itself and its most important forms: market and non-market economic rationing and non-economic rationing.

Subsequent parts of the article deal with open non-market economic rationing; I argue that such rationing is necessary due to the irreducible divergence between supply and demand for health services. Moreover, I attempt to show that rationing is morally desirable and just, and that the decision to implement it requires social consensus. I maintain that a one-level system of health services is morally superior to mixed, multi-level models.

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Szewczyk, Kazimierz. 2005. “Medicine and Finance. Is It Just to Ration Health Services for Economic Reasons?”. Diametros, no. 5 (September):83-97. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.5.2005.132.
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