The 1991 reforms of the National Health Service set up the expectation that rationing would in future be explicit instead of, as in the past, implicit.
This has not happened.
Research carried out at the University of Bath shows that very few health authorities are rationing by exclusion on the Oregon model.
Instead, both central Government and health authorities are continuing to diffuse responsibility among the medical profession.
This paper analyses the reasons why.
Rationing by delay and dilution are more significant-as well as less visible-than rationing by exclusion.
And it is the medical profession which controls the flow of patients through waiting lists and the way in which resources are used during treatment.
Similarly, it is in the self-interest of both central Government and health authorities that their resource decisions should continue to be disguised behind the veils of clinical discretion.
Despite pressures for greater transparency, Britain's opaque form of rationing may therefore survive.
Mots-clés Pascal : Rationnement, Soin, Santé, Economie santé, Politique sanitaire, Royaume Uni, Homme, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rationing, Care, Health, Health economy, Health policy, United Kingdom, Human, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0030196
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.