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Friday, July 17, 2009

Rationing health care

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 6:26 AM

Of course we should. This piece by Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics, is No. 1 on the Times' list of most read articles.

Rationing health care means getting value for the billions we are spending by setting limits on which treatments should be paid for from the public purse. If we ration we won’t be writing blank checks to pharmaceutical companies for their patented drugs, nor paying for whatever procedures doctors choose to recommend. When public funds subsidize health care or provide it directly, it is crazy not to try to get value for money. The debate over health care reform in the United States should start from the premise that some form of health care rationing is both inescapable and desirable. Then we can ask, What is the best way to do it?

We already ration health care. The worker who can't afford monthly insurance premiums, much less an MRI, doesn't get any.


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