Cover: Will We Need to Ration Effective Health Care?

Will We Need to Ration Effective Health Care?

Published 1991

by Robert H. Brook, Kathleen N. Lohr

Download

Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.7 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback10 pages $20.00

A central health policy issue is whether the nation will accept and act on the premise that it must ration effective medical services. Rationing is any set of activities that determines who gets needed medical care when resources are insufficient to provide for all. Perhaps one-third of the financial resources devoted to health care today is being spent on ineffective or unproductive care. The authors conclude that development of an equitable and responsive health system need not entail rationing effective services. Reaching this goal requires, among other things, greater public accountability by physicians for their performance and greater cooperation by the public in making available the information needed to support performance-based review.

This report is part of the RAND note series. The note was a product of RAND from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.