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Drawing the Line: Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem

Philip M. Rosoff

Abstract

Rationing of healthcare is an accepted reality in every developed country; how it is accomplished—if it is fair, equitable, and just—is the key to whether it meets the moral norm of distributive justice and if it can be acceptable to those whom it affects. One of the major challenges facing those who would design a comprehensive rationing system for the allocation of healthcare resources is the cutoff problem. This is the dilemma that affects almost all sorts of rationing decisions: where to draw the cutoff points between what is reasonable to provide (and to whom) and what is unreasonable. In ... More

Keywords: healthcare rationing, healthcare needs, distributive justice, cutoff problem, universal healthcare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206567.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip M. Rosoff, author
Duke University