Rationing health care services | Racionamento dos cuidados de saúde

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Subtitle: An inherent issue | Problemática inerente
Author list: Pinho, M.
Publisher: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Publication year: 2008
Journal: Cadernos de Saúde Pública (0102-311X)
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 3
Start page: 690
End page: 695
Number of pages: 6
ISSN: 0102-311X
eISSN: 1678-4464
Languages: Portuguese-Portugal (PT-PT)


Abstract

Limited resources in the health sector force a process of choice between
alternative health care programs and services and patients or groups of
patients who will receive care. In the absence of a price mechanism,
the priority-setting process serves to allocate scarce resources among
competing uses, and is thus a form of rationing. Traditionally, implicit
approaches have dominated the health sector's decision-making, mostly
by physicians. However, in the face of increasing budget constraints and
rising patient expectations, more explicit and socially acceptable
priority-setting practices are needed. Internationally, the development
of explicit prioritization has proven difficult and controversial.


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Health, Health priorities, Health resources


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